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Jon Turk is a soul and blues artist from Philadelphia who served as Percy Mayfield's guitarist during the 1980s. In recent years, Turk has labored as a bus driver and a security officer at Temple University. His wonderfully silky voice lifts these 10 self-penned songs above the ordinary.
The production budget for My Special One was obviously austere, but Turk's funky guitar and beautiful singing transcend the spare instrumentation. "You Only Need One," "Procrastinator" and "Prima Donna" are catchy funk ditties featuring '70s-style grooves. "Fairmont Park" is a nice honey-toned ballad, while "Three Feet Away" blends a Motown beat, an irresistible refrain, and Turk's Hendrix-like guitar. Turk's sweet overdubbed harmonies make him sound like a one-man Temptations on some tracks. Especially good is the title tune, a beautiful romantic ballad featuring cello and a gentle samba beat.
The one adjective that best describes Jon Turk is "classy." A major label should take this guy into the studio with an experienced producer, a fat horn section, and a few talented session players. A voice like this deserves a shot at the big time.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com