From all appearances, tenorist Mark Turner is an extremely thoughtful and cerebral player with a sense of yearning, an almost questioning tone, and a pen prone to sensitivity and quest. Far from the rollicking post-Coltrane tenor mode, Turner is almost calculating in his logic, balanced with a curious sense of freedom. Though the program is dominated by his originals, some of its more rewarding moments are in service to the music of others. Take his version of Duke Pearson’s “If You Know I Care.” It opens with a tenor cadenza, then blossoms into a lovely essay.
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