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Mark Turner/Gary Foster: Mark Turner Meets Gary Foster (Capri)

The liner notes to this two-CD set do not explain how the meeting came about or why it took 16 years to release its results. Perhaps only critics fret over such uncertainties. What matters is that on Feb. 8, 2003, Mark Turner (an adventurous New York tenor saxophonist, not yet as prominent as he would … Read More “Mark Turner/Gary Foster: Mark Turner Meets Gary Foster (Capri)”

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Concert Review: Carla Bley and Ethan Iverson at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival

There are any number of Northern California jazz festivals that have been around longer than the one in Healdsburg, but none save the granddaddy of them all in Monterey has a history thicker with interconnected relationships. The Wine Country web emanates from festival founder and guiding spirit Jessica Felix, whose longstanding friendships with jazz artists … Read More “Concert Review: Carla Bley and Ethan Iverson at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival”

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Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings (ECM)/Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner: Faroe (Sunnyside)

Each of these two duet albums features tenor saxophonist Mark Turner working with someone with whom he normally plays in a quartet. In the case of Temporary Kings, that someone would be pianist Ethan Iverson, who works with Turner in drummer Billy Hart’s quartet; on Faroe, it’s Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, who invited the saxophonist … Read More “Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings (ECM)/Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner: Faroe (Sunnyside)”

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Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Inspired by jazz luminaries who have recently departed, Johnathan Blake’s second album as a leader explores material by Cedar Walton, Jim Hall, Mulgrew Miller, Paul Motian, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Eddie Harris. The NYC-based, Philly-born drummer also pays tribute to three of Philadelphia’s finest musicians: Charles Fambrough, Trudy Pitts and James “Sid” Simmons, and … Read More “Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten”

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Mark Turner: Lathe of Heaven

Even cerebral musicians need to connect emotionally with their audiences. Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, who is as cerebral as they come, struggles with this task on Lathe of Heaven. His first album as a leader since 2001’s Dharma Days, Lathe realizes a dilemma that its predecessor merely suggested: Turner has the technical tools to build … Read More “Mark Turner: Lathe of Heaven”

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Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street: All Our Reasons

Drummer Billy Hart’s current quartet lineup has been together since 2003, working steadily for most of that time; All Our Reasons, however, is only their second album (and first for ECM). It follows their 2005 debut, Quartet, a rhythmically forthright effort that succeeded on a blend of bebop and free aesthetics substantially informed by the … Read More “Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street: All Our Reasons”

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