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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. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
  3. Luis Perdomo - Awareness
  4. Randy Weston - Khepera
  5. Joel Palsson - Varp
  6. Henry Threadgill & Make A Move - Everybodys Mouth's a Book
  7. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
  8. Weather Report - Heavy Weather
  9. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
  10. Steve Turre - Rhythm Within
  11. Wayne Shorter - Alegria
  12. Greg Osby - Symbols of Light (A Solution)
  13. David Murray - Gwotet
  14. Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name
  15. Kazumi Watanabe - Mobo I and II
  16. Mark Shim - Turbulent Flow
  17. Ravi Coltrane - From The Round Box
  18. Aurell Ray - Smile and Smile Again
  19. Jim Beard - Lost at the Carnival
  20. Living Colour - Stain
  21. Steve Khan - Eyewitness, Modern Times, Casa Loco
  22. Jason Moran - Modernistic
  23. Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
  24. Andrew Hill - Dusk, A Beautiful Day, Time Lines
  25. Thelonious Monk - Big Band and Quartet in Concert
  26. John Scofield - Quiet
  27. War - The World is a Ghetto
  28. Van Halen - Van Halen
  29. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
  30. James Brown - Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975
  31. Carla Bley - Sextet
  32. Miguel Zenon - Jibaro
  33. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
  34. Q-Tip - Kamaal the Abstract
  35. ...I'm sure I forgot and more will come to mind later...