Let's dispense with the need for the labelling of Taking A Turn. This is not a mainstream jazz album. Guitarist/composer Steve Greenbaum has fashioned these ten originals into a multi-purpose album.
Several of the tunes would find airplay on smooth jazz radio, and they are certainly pleasant enough, particularly with Vince McCool's trumpet on "Liquid Blue" and "Tryst" emulating the style of Chris Botti. Greenbaum has rendered each of these selections into a different set piece that would work fine as film music in that a different setting and story is told for each song. The guitarist devotes the first half of the album to allowing different instruments to set the tone of the tracks. The opening "Liquid Blue" is a smoky bar for McCool's horn. "Outbound" is a trip to open country that features Fred Yonnet's harmonica, which at times serves as a passing locomotive. Rick Schmidt plays violin on "Emily's Song," and Joseph Cunliffe's soprano sax is featured on "Taking A Turn."
The second half of the album is largely devoted to compositions that feature Steve Greenbaum's guitar work along with percussion, violin/cello and acoustic bass. Many of these songs could best be categorized as New Age music. They are relaxing and reflectiveand compared to the monotony and predictability of smooth jazz, they offer valid musical expression.
Track Listing: Liquid Bloue, Outbound, Emily's Song, Taking A Turn, November Unfolding, Tryst, A Flower from Budapest, The Road Calls, Missouri Stars, Whisper/Listen.
Personnel: Aggregate Personnel:
Steve Greenbaum, acoustic and electric guitars, voice; Rick Schmidt, bass, violin, cello, percussion; Vince Evans, Hammond B-3 organ,piano; Vince McCool,trumpet; Leland Nakamura, Eric Valentine, drums; Fred Yonnet, harmonica; Bill Resnick, piano, B-3; Eddie Hartness, percussion; Joseph Cunliffe, soprano sax; Jeff Reed, acoustic bass.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.