271

Mark Shim: Turbulent Flow

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
At 26, saxophonist Mark Shim is living a dream life. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the US at age five. As a young man he was ‘discovered’ by baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett. He was soon a member of The David Murray Big Band, Betty Carter’s band, and the Mingus Big Band. His first recording, Mind Over Matter paired our hero with jazz punk guitarist Dave Fiuczynski. His toying with jazz tradition earned critical acclaim and a spot in the jazz supergroup New Directions. Their self-titled 1999 release led by the old man Greg Osby featured covers of classic Blue Note releases. Shim alongside pianist Jason Moran and vibraphonist Stefon Harris drew rave reviews from their subsequent tour.

Shim rides this wave of popularity on his second date as leader. Once again forsaking a strict tradition he boosts a lineup that includes Edward Simon playing the electric Rhodes piano on three tracks and vibraphonist Stefon Harris taking up the marimba on two. Not that these are exotic instruments, but that Shim uses them with great effectiveness. On “Don’t Wake The Violent Baby” Simon creates an ethereal electric atmosphere for the tender saxophone touch of Shim. Harris’ marimba trades bony blows with a most aggressive tenor on “Survival Tactics.” Shim adopts the stylings of both Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, but mostly he is developing his own style. Like an NBA rookie, he has all the textbook moves and is quietly revealing some of his own.

Track List:Turbulent Flow; Recorda Me; Christel Gazing; Survival Tactics; Don’t Wake The Violent Baby; Dirty Bird; Scorpio; Jive Ones; Eminence.


Title: Turbulent Flow | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: W.E.R.F.


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Triple Double CD/LP/Track Review Triple Double
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 21, 2017
Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Far from Over" CD/LP/Track Review Far from Over
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 8, 2017
Read "3's a Crowd" CD/LP/Track Review 3's a Crowd
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 21, 2017
Read "Collider" CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Marseille" CD/LP/Track Review Marseille
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "Mobiles Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Mobiles Vol. 1
by James Nadal
Published: May 1, 2017
Read "Zentuary" CD/LP/Track Review Zentuary
by John Kelman
Published: December 25, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.