Mark F. Turner
Considering himself a modern day 'Jazz Explorer' Mark continues to discover new and exciting music territories.
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.
- In no particular order but for many reasons...
- Luis Perdomo - Awareness
- Randy Weston - Khepera
- Joel Palsson - Varp
- Henry Threadgill & Make A Move - Everybodys Mouth's a Book
- John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
- Weather Report - Heavy Weather
- Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
- Steve Turre - Rhythm Within
- Wayne Shorter - Alegria
- Greg Osby - Symbols of Light (A Solution)
- David Murray - Gwotet
- Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name
- Kazumi Watanabe - Mobo I and II
- Mark Shim - Turbulent Flow
- Ravi Coltrane - From The Round Box
- Aurell Ray - Smile and Smile Again
- Jim Beard - Lost at the Carnival
- Living Colour - Stain
- Steve Khan - Eyewitness, Modern Times, Casa Loco
- Jason Moran - Modernistic
- Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
- Andrew Hill - Dusk, A Beautiful Day, Time Lines
- Thelonious Monk - Big Band and Quartet in Concert
- John Scofield - Quiet
- War - The World is a Ghetto
- Van Halen - Van Halen
- Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
- James Brown - Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975
- Carla Bley - Sextet
- Miguel Zenon - Jibaro
- A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
- Q-Tip - Kamaal the Abstract
- ...I'm sure I forgot and more will come to mind later...