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Mark F. Turner

Considering himself a modern day 'Jazz Explorer' Mark continues to discover new and exciting music territories.

About Me

Born outside of Washington D.C.; I have lived in locations from Okinawa Japan to my current residence in Charlotte North Carolina. I guess this has had some influence on my love of music. The changing climates, moods, and rhythms of diverse locales have the same appeal to me that is found in jazz. I grew up listening to music from James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, Van Halen, Weather Report, almost everything in between and later discovered Bird, Miles, Coltane, Monk, Andrew Hill and other greats. While I respect and enjoy the music of the past I thrive on the current and future sounds of artists here and across the globe who continue to carry the torch yet also seek to express their own voices in the music. The people that say that "jazz is dead" are simply not listening in the right places or to the diversity of music that's out here. It's all about change and discovery. In my mind there's so much good music and so little time.

My Favorites

  1. In no particular order but for many reasons...
  2. Luis Perdomo - Awareness
  3. Randy Weston - Khepera
  4. Joel Palsson - Varp
  5. Henry Threadgill & Make A Move - Everybodys Mouth's a Book
  6. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
  7. Weather Report - Heavy Weather
  8. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
  9. Steve Turre - Rhythm Within
  10. Wayne Shorter - Alegria
  11. Greg Osby - Symbols of Light (A Solution)
  12. David Murray - Gwotet
  13. Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name
  14. Kazumi Watanabe - Mobo I and II
  15. Mark Shim - Turbulent Flow
  16. Ravi Coltrane - From The Round Box
  17. Aurell Ray - Smile and Smile Again
  18. Jim Beard - Lost at the Carnival
  19. Living Colour - Stain
  20. Steve Khan - Eyewitness, Modern Times, Casa Loco
  21. Jason Moran - Modernistic
  22. Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
  23. Andrew Hill - Dusk, A Beautiful Day, Time Lines
  24. Thelonious Monk - Big Band and Quartet in Concert
  25. John Scofield - Quiet
  26. War - The World is a Ghetto
  27. Van Halen - Van Halen
  28. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
  29. James Brown - Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975
  30. Carla Bley - Sextet
  31. Miguel Zenon - Jibaro
  32. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
  33. Q-Tip - Kamaal the Abstract
  34. ...I'm sure I forgot and more will come to mind later...