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Steve Turre at SMOKE

Read "Steve Turre at SMOKE" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Steve Turre SMOKE New York, NY September 11, 2016 It's not an exaggeration to state up front that New York, jazz capital of the world, contains a virtually limitless variety of jazz music joys available to anyone on any given night, which can make choosing which gig to see, and where, no simple matter. For a few reasons, the third and final night of Steve Turre and an all-star ensemble at SMOKE ...

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Steve Turre: Colors for the Masters

Read "Colors for the Masters" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to the contemporary trombone artists, there are two schools of exploration. Steve Turre is an advocate of the more melodic school of which elder champions include Curtis Fuller and J.J. Johnson. The more ebullient and bop-inflected side of things has its greatest proponent in Conrad Herwig. No one method should be considered the right path or wrong path to wander down, however Turre is quite outspoken when it comes to opinions on his contemporaries. He is also ...

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Steve Turre: Spiritman

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There seems to be two schools among the current generation of jazz trombonists. On the one hand you have those who favor the lush and melodic voices of Frank Rosolino, Lawrence Brown, Carl Fontana, and those of a similar ilk. By contrast are the bop inflected approaches of J.J. Johnson and Curtis Fuller. Turre has gone on record that he doesn't much care for those in his peer group that eschew tone for speed and dexterity. As for Turre himself, ...

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Steve Turré: Delicious And Delightful

Read "Delicious And Delightful" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Trombonist Steve Turré is a renowned jazzman. An educator and member of the Saturday Night Live band, the artist has released several solo outings amid a legacy that includes first- call session stints with jazz, Latin and pop notables. On Delicious and Delightful, Turré treads along a rather clement path consisting of medium-tempo pieces and ballads. He also multitasks when toggling between the trombone and conch shells. The opener and embryonic piece “Light Within," is a composition by venerable tenor ...

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Steve Turre: Shell 'n' 'Bone Man

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Few can match Steve Turré's skill as a trombonist. His technical mastery, which has seen him win five Down Beat polls, goes hand-in-hand with a deep respect for the music that has gone before him, and over the course of forty years he has honed his skills with some of the best. Since his formative experience as a teenager playing alongside the great saxophonist/flautist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Turré has gone on to play with many artists including Ray Charles, B.B. ...

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Steve Turre: Rainbow People

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If the rainbow of the title denoted musical diversity then it would be most fitting in the case of trombonist Steve Turre, as his musical bag is hewn from many colors. Turre is equally at home playing Latin rhythms, blues or straight-ahead jazz--hardly surprising when you consider his apprenticeship with saxophonist/flautist Rahsaan Roland Kirk and singer Ray Charles, his collaborations with timbalist/bandleader Tito Puente and pianist Hilton Ruiz, and his long associations with trumpeters Woody Shaw and Dizzy Gillespie, and ...

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SteveTurre: Rainbow People

Read "Rainbow People" reviewed by Jim Santella

Trombonist Steve Turre carries the jazz torch high, noble and filled with blues tones that ramble eloquently. His trombone expresses each personal theme with a knowing ear and a high, tenor vibrancy that resonates with the psyche of an artist who has a story to tell. The message comes at you with the emotional force of a Caruso, Carreras or Pavarotti. His trombone has developed into a vocal instrument through which he sends out thoughts and impressions with remarkable accuracy. ...

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Steve Turre: Keep Searchin'

Read "Keep Searchin'" reviewed by Russ Musto

Steve Turre has consistently endeavored to avoid the commonplace on his dozen releases as leader during the past two decades. On Keep Searchin' he continues his triumphant quest to present music on the highest possible artistic level. Eschewing the company of another horn on the date, Turre showcases his versatility and virtuosity on trombone and conch shells in the company of an inspired unit featuring vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Xavier Davis, alternating bassists Peter Washington and Gerald Cannon, and drummer ...

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Steve Turre: Keep Searchin'

Read "Keep Searchin'" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Few jazz artists today are as adept as Steve Turre in straddling the “one foot in the future, one foot in the past" endeavor. On his past two CD releases, the long-time Saturday Night Show trombonist tipped his hat to a couple of past masters: to fellow trombonist J.J. Johnson with One4J: Paying Homage to J.J. Johnson (Telarc, '03) and to Rahsaan Roland Kirk with The Spirits up Above (High Note, '05).On Keep Searchin' Turre pays tribute to ...

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Steve Turre: Still Searchin'

Read "Steve Turre: Still Searchin'" reviewed by Gary Firstenberg

Steve Turre is widely considered to be the finest jazz trombonist in the world. In addition to his twenty-plus years of service in the Saturday Night Live Band, he has performed with a virtual who's who of legendary jazz musicians, both as a leader and a sideman. His music is always diverse, challenging, and passionate. His thirteenth studio album, Keep Searchin', will be released by High Note in late-September, and he will be performing with a stellar band at Dizzy's ...

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Steve Turre Honors Rahsaan Roland Kirk

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Steve Turre Kennedy Center Jazz Club Washington, DC

Whether it is discovering a previously unknown player or genre, or a new take on an old favorite, venturing out to live music leaves us open to discovering new sounds in one of the most satisfying ways possible: by chance. In the case of Steve Turre's recent stint at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club, that chance discovery was encountering a group of well-known players blending their voices in ...

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Steve Turr: The Spirits Up Above

Read "The Spirits Up Above" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Steve Turré first saw Roland Kirk performing almost forty years ago. The Spirits Up Above is a long-overdue homage to the Vibration Society's leader by one of its most distinguished alumni. Furthermore, this is a 24-bit engineered, mixed, and mastered recording by Rudy Van Gelder.

Turré, sans seashells, offers only one original composition on this record. “One For Kirk features a straightforward swing and bouncy mid-tempo arrangement with a sticky melody, finding pianist Mulgrew Miller, altoist Vincent Herring, ...


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