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Mark Turner: Ballad Session

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It takes fortitude to buck convention, which suggests that an entire program of ballads just won’t make it in these swift, dot-com times. Fortitude, a bucket of self-assurance and a kind of quiet confidence in one’s instrumental abilities and session mates are a pre-requisite when traveling down such a relatively risky path. Such are the attributes of Mark Turner. After all, here’s a young tenor player who looked not so much to John Coltrane for sustenance, as to such disparate craftsmen as Warne Marsh (evidence: check Turner’s role in the Lennie Tristano tribute in New York this month). Turner’s approach to the tenor is arid and thoughtful in a quite intriguing way that marks him as a developing original.

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