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Mark-Anthony Turnage/John Scofield: Scorched

From the artists involved to the name of the CD, Scorched (Deutsche Grammo-phon) proves that the ultimate in fusion has been undertaken-not necessarily achieved, but certainly attempted. John Scofield, on guitar, aided by electric bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Peter Erskine collaborate with Mark-Anthony Turnage, a 44-year-old British maverick who’s a product of the Royal College of Music and composer of three operas that have sailed down the Third Stream with Gunther Schuller and who idolizes Miles Davis. Turnage is also comfortable orchestrating for huge symphonic ensembles like the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt.

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