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Mark Turner Quartet at The Wexner Center

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Mark Turner Quartet Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, Ohio September 26, 2014 Some 20 years ago, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner tipped the ears of more than a few critics with his debut release for the Dutch Criss Cross label, Yam Yam. He was rightly touted as an up and coming talent worthy of wider recognition. A distinguished set of further albums for Criss Cross and then Warner Bothers followed, although it seemed that Turner remained under the radar of all but the staunchest jazz followers. Coming some 13 years after his last ...

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Mark Turner: Lathe of Heaven

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Given that he's participated on no fewer than six recordings on ECM over the past six years-- two this year alone, with drummer Billy Hart's sophomore effort for the label, One is the Other (2014), and pianist Stefano Bollani's career-defining Joy In Spite Of Everything (2014)--it's no surprise to find Mark Turner finally getting his own date on the venerable German label. That Lathe of Heaven is the saxophonist's first recording under his own name alone since 2001's Dharma Days (Warner Bros., 2001) only speaks to an approach to recording that is as painstakingly well thought-out as Turner's approach to ...

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Mark Turner Quartet: Lathe of Heaven

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Saxophonist Mark Turner favors quality over quantity. Lathe of Heaven--his first outing as a leader since 2001--is his first on the ECM label. Turner has hardly been absent from the music scene as the intervening years have seen him as a sideman for guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and saxophonist David Binney among many others. He's gathered strong praise for his role on trumpeter Enrico Rava's fine New York Days (ECM, 2009) and as one-third of the trio Fly with drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier. Turner cites saxophonists Wayne Marsh and John Coltrane as primary influences; not ...

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Mark Turner: International Alliances

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Diego Barber Calima Sunnyside Records 2008 Mamasaal Quartet Mamasaal feat. Mark Turner SAZAS 2008

Saxophonist Mark Turner, a notable bandleader and distinctive voice in his own right, has been especially effective as a co-contributor on diverse projects. On Calimaand Mamasaal, he matches wits and skills with an international cast. Calimais Canary Island-born guitarist Diego Barber's debut release, blending jazz, classical and flamenco influences into an original hybrid. His ...

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Mark Turner & Fly

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From the first authoritative notes of Sky & Country, the trio Fly's new release on ECM records, saxophonist Mark Turner lays out a conundrum. Over the ambling underpinnings of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, the saxophonist conjures a sense of ease while unleashing a stream of ideas that take him from the middle to the stratospheric heights of his instrument's range. It's a technique that frequently draws gasps from live audiences and has become a hallmark of Turner's playing in his 15-year recording career. The wiry saxophonist's penchant for precise lines and Zen-like concentration carry over ...

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Mikkel Ploug Group Featuring Mark Turner: Mikkel Ploug Group

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With recent appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and other more intimate venues, guitarist Mikkel Ploug's star has been ascending--not only in his native Denmark, but also in various overlapping international jazz circles. Last year, he received his BTA with a two-month residency in New York City, and in the process made some interesting musical connections. As a result, this debut offering from the Mikkel Ploug Group finds him inviting the crisp horn of NYC-based tenor saxophonist Mark Turner to be a part of the action. An improviser somewhat influenced by Trane, Turner adds his own ...

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Mark Turner: Dharma Days

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It took four Warner Bros. albums for Mark Turner to nail down his prodigiously advanced concept and find a dream band to help him do it. Dharma Days is the studio debut of Turner’s regular working quartet, with Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, Reid Anderson on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. This is a live band to the core, as was evident during its triumphant return to the Village Vanguard stage in late May, timed to coincide with the album release. While Dharma Days doesn’t quite stir the adrenaline to the degree that the live show does, the album is ...



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