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Catching Up with Saxophonist Mark Turner

After a 12-year break, the consummate sideman readies a new leader project

Mark Turner from Fly

After a 12-year hiatus from recording as a leader, saxophonist Mark Turner is getting ready to record a new album under his own name-with a new and different formation: sax, trumpet, bass and drums.

In those last dozen years Turner has been involved as a sideman in many projects by some of the top names in jazz, among them guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Dave Holland and many others. Since he recorded his last album as a leader, Dharma Days (Warner Bros., 2001), Turner has also contributed to many other musicians’ recordings, among them alto sax player David Binney, bassist Omer Avital and the young guitarist Gilad Hekselman. Turner has also, since last year, been a member of the SFJAZZ Collective and is also co-leader in Fly, a trio completed by Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard and born in 2004.

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