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Dave Burrell, Steve Swell: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Indagando ancora una volta nella memoria storica statunitense, Dave Burrell e Steve Swell continuano a trarre spunti musicali dalla guerra civile americana. Ricontestualizzati con eccelsa raffinatezza e gusto musicale, la strumentazione e i temi marziali dell'800 vengono letteralmente ristrutturati nel segno dell'ottica jazzistica. È stata così compiuta un'operazione discografica intelligente oltre che inusuale, rivolta a collegare ...

Dave Burrell / Steve Swell: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although firmly associated with the avant-garde, pianist Dave Burrell often harkens back to pre-bop styles in his execution. On Turning Point he explicitly acknowledges such sources in his writing too. Perhaps that's appropriate in a sequence inspired by the American Civil War -what Burrell terms a war to end slavery. While composer in residence at Philadelphia's ...


Dave Burrell / Steve Swell: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Distinguished jazz and improvisation artists, pianist Dave Burrell and trombonist Steve Swell have crafted one of the most exciting and unique duo presentations I've heard in quite some time. The album moniker Turning Point is the third in a series of five suites honoring the individuals and events of the American Civil War. Here, Burrell ruminates ...


Chris Flaherty Big Band: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The city of Leeds, in the northern county of West Yorkshire, has developed a reputation in recent years as one of the UK's hotbeds of contemporary jazz and improvised music. But Yorkshire jazz isn't just about being cutting edge or pushing envelopes: there's also a strong affinity with the music's history and traditions; an affinity that ...

John Coltrane: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Nic Jones

The music collected here comes from a period of Coltrane's career, namely the closing years of the 1950s, which so many tenor sax players have latched on to in the decades since. At that stage in his own musical evolution Coltrane's playing was developing that singular edge that was to be the hallmark of the final ...


Lonnie Smith: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

When Hammond master Lonnie Smith recorded this set for Blue Note in 1968, he was better known as a supporting sideman on performances and recordings by (among others) George Benson and especially Lou Donaldson; some of Sweet Lou's best recordings, including Alligator Boogaloo, Midnight Creeper, and Everything I Play is Funky, feature Smith's supple Hammond grooves.


Turning Point: Matador

Read "Matador" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Turning Point is a small group with a big sound. By throwing in a little funk, a little salsa, and lots of sizzle on Matador, this quartet, assisted by two guest musicians, blends a variety of cultures in creating its own brand of rock-jazz.

One of the nice things about a group like this is that ...


Turning Point: Matador

Read "Matador" reviewed by John Kelman

While smooth jazz has evolved into a kind of horrifying “S word for a lot of jazz fans, it grew out of a kind of contemporary post-fusion sensibility that, at least in its earliest days, still valued strong playing and enough diversity to keep things interesting. Matador--Phoenix-based Turning Point's sixth release and first for the Native ...


Mark Whitecage: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Improvised electronics have finally come of age. Some players simply use digital signal processing (eg. distortion, phasing, reverb) to allow them the opportunity to alter the tonality of their instruments. Others prefer to use a sampler to provide a second voice against which to improvise. The more advanced advocates of electronic improvisation perform processing, sampling, and ...

Aaron Goldberg: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A beautifully recorded session that really percolates. This is essentially a quartet date (Goldberg, Turner, Rogers, Harland) with Josh Redman sitting in for Turner on “The Shadow of Your Smile,” Cook adding wordless vocals on “Fantasy in D” and “Mom’s Tune,” and Kalé making it a quintet on “Jackson’s Actions.” There’s one trio track, Dizzy Gillespie’s ...