Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
231

Mark Turner: Ballad Session

David Adler By

Sign in to view read count Views
This collection is beautiful, but it offers a fairly limited view of Mark Turner’s staggering talents. Of course, hearing him, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, and pianist Kevin Hays play ballads is a great pleasure. Sensitive support from bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade only makes it better. But the all-ballad format seems a little constrained, especially compared to the spellbinding original music Turner has been playing live lately.

The repertoire for Ballad Session is quite well chosen, however. Instead of expected favorites like "Body and Soul" we have pieces by people like Carla Bley, Paul Desmond, and Bobby Hutcherson. Turner’s intention is not simply to soothe, nor to pay blind obeisance to great tenors of the past. Bringing his youthful wisdom to the ballad form as only he can, Turner calls into question our preconceived notions of what a ballad can be — as is best exemplified by "Nefertiti" and "All or Nothing at All."

Tracks: 1. I Loves You Porgy 2. Some Other Time 3. Nefertiti 4. Skylark 5. No More 6. All or Nothing at All 7. Visions 8. Alone and I 9. Late Lament 10. Jesus Maria.

Personnel:

Mark Turner, tenor saxophone; Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitar (except 1, 4, 10, 11); Kevin Hays, piano (except 3-6, 9); Larry Grenadier, bass; Brian Blade, drums.

| Record Label: Warner Bros. | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

Catching Up With
Live Reviews
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
Profiles
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Mark Turner: Lathe of Heaven
Mark Turner: Lathe of...
ECM Records
2014
buy
Lathe of Heaven
Lathe of Heaven
ECM Records
2014
buy
Dharma Days
Dharma Days
Warner Bros.
2001
buy
Cedar Walton Cedar Walton
piano
Lee Konitz Lee Konitz
sax, alto
Joe Lovano Joe Lovano
saxophone
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
saxophone
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
sax, tenor
Benny Golson Benny Golson
sax, tenor
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan
sax, baritone

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.