The ever-restless Steve Turre is not one to rest on his laurels or get caught in a rut. Forever investigating different settings for his music, here Steve unveils the septet environment that proved such an effective vehicle for his music last December at the festival in Havana. What makes this band’s sound so distinctive is the work of two wonderful women, wife Akua Dixon on cello, and the electrifying Regina Carter on violin. Carter, whose Verve debut is much-anticipated, brings a rapture and palpable bounce to whatever bandstand she graces. Witness her joyous solo on “Chairman of the Board.”
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