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When the combustible four-man force of musical nature known as Turning Point took over the Phoenix club scene in the mid-90s, the desert city's nights truly became as steamy as its days. Establishing itself before packed houses at hotspots like The Famous Door and Beeloes, and later becoming regional sensations playing some 200 dates a year, the band grew to embody the freewheeling creative spirit of indie music. Drawing on each member's musical and cultural background, Turning Point forged an eclectic sound that mixed progressive jazz with rock, R&B and blues, with touches of Greek music and--paying homage to their home in the Southwest--Latin jazz. The title of Matador, Turning Point's Native Language debut and sixth album overall, perfectly captures the band's bold evolution into a true rock instrumental powerhouse.

“We've always strived to be diverse in everything we do, and Matador is the best example yet of this no holds barred approach,” says guitarist Thano Sahnas. “Since we never stop performing, we're able to try out every brand new song onstage to see what works best. Audiences will literally hear our songs for a year before we officially record them, and it's fun to watch as they evolve. A bullfight is a fight to the death. A bullfight is a fight to the death, and there's definitely a double entendre in the title. We're out there fighting every day, and we're going to win.”

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