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Ballad Session
Mark Turner
Ballad Session
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner created quite the buzz with his self-titled debut in 1998. Possessing a tone reminiscent of John Coltrane coupled with the warm swing of Dexter Gordon, Turner soloed without sounding like he w...  more »

     
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All Artists: Mark Turner
Title: Ballad Session
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 2/1/2000
Release Date: 2/1/2000
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624763123

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Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner created quite the buzz with his self-titled debut in 1998. Possessing a tone reminiscent of John Coltrane coupled with the warm swing of Dexter Gordon, Turner soloed without sounding like he was soloing, just extending the melody in novel ways. Turner's sophomore effort is an all-ballad set that highlights his gorgeous tone. Turner and an excellent supporting cast (guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, bassist Larry Grenadier, pianist Kevin Hays, and drummer Brian Blade) play wonderfully on "Skylark," "Nefertiti," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "All or Nothing At All," among others. Despite the roster, somehow the music on the whole lacks a certain weight and energy that no amount of glowing lyrical interpretation can replace. None of this really detracts from Turner, who plays beautifully throughout. But for a sophomore effort, a little momentum could have turned this sleepy outing into a real soul station. --Ken Micallef

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Night music - with seductive tone
rash67 | USA | 09/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Mark Turner has matured. He, and Roy Hargrove, have learned that if you sweeten, control and sculpt each note, you can breathe new life into old standards (the album starts with standards, and moves on to lesser know songs and originals with a similar emotional stance). Stan Getz and Miles Davis understood the importance of each note they played. This shows maturity, rather than Turner's earlier style which focused on how many notes he could jam into a measure, and sound be damned. If the first note doesn't sound good it doesn't matter how many more follow.It is with ballads that a jazz musician proves his understanding of his craft, demostrates his emotional depth, on the songs everyone knows. This music is quiet, and contemplative. Seductive 'Round Midnight music, Hypnotic. Meditative. Sad. It is this album, and his "Two Tenor Ballads" album with Tad Shull, which I listen to over and over. If you like Stan Getz, Roy Hargrove, and early Miles Davis, you will love this CD! 4 stars for a great warm performance, not yet a bestseller.
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Love This CD!
rash67 | 03/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The acclaimed Tenor saxophonist's current release displays yet another facet of this intriguing artist's endless array of musical invention.Slowing down the tempo and turning up the romance, Turner has delivered a diversed yet intricately connected set of compositions that reconfirms his reputation for artistry,improvisation and unparalleled style.Give it a listen!"
Jeff morrison
Jeff Morrison | st louis | 07/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"dear god, i have never heard a saxophonist play on the level as mark turner with the exception of coltrane or sonny rollins. But im not talking about the bebop musicians. im talking about the post -bop players. This cd captures the essense of his master tone which is instantaneously recognizable. It picks up a flavor (or mood) that one might find on such albumns as miles davis's kind of blue or coltran's sound just to name a few. mark turner is highly under rated on the jazz scene today and should be treated with much more respect than critics and peers give him. i dont see how anyone could give this cd anything less than five stars."