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Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)

Steve Turre is often commended for his ability to blow breakneck runs on the trombone with the intricacy and agility of a trumpeter or alto saxophonist. Often overlooked is the subtlety and warmth he musters up when he’s not in a hurry, and it’s that side that’s the focus of most of this ballads-dominated set, … Read More “Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)”

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Steve Turre: The Bones of Art

Trombonist Steve Turre, a man of often-brusque opinions, has never disguised his distaste for the compromising frills some artists deploy to enhance their commercial appeal. By contrast, Turre’s own reputation has been boosted by his knack for coming up with meaty themes for his projects that enrich both the history and future of the Afro-Cuban … Read More “Steve Turre: The Bones of Art”

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Steve Turre: Woody’s Delight

It seems impossible that Woody Shaw died as long ago as 1989. He was one of the fallen, a unique flame of brilliance, extinguished too soon. Steve Turre made 14 records with Shaw, and attributes the realization of his own artistic identity to Shaw’s guidance and encouragement. Woody’s Delight is, loosely and creatively, a tribute … Read More “Steve Turre: Woody’s Delight”

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