Steve Turre is joined on his Telarc debut by Ray Charles, Stephen Scott and Chucho Valdés


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"On this CD, I express three sides of my musical personality in the quartet setting. Traditionally, the piano leads the rhythm section, so I put together three different rhythm sections led by three masters reflecting each style: The Blues in Jazz, Modern and Modal, and Afro-Cuban Sounds." --Steve Turre

In the Spur of the Moment, set for release on June 27, finds Steve Turre at a creative peak, playing three distinctive styles with complete control and compelling command. The foremost trombonist of our generation, Turre is joined on his Telarc debut by guest pianists Ray Charles, Stephen Scott and Chucho Valdés each performing with a different all-star rhythm section.

These three premier pianists bring their inimitable styles to In the Spur of the Moment, personalities alive in their playing: the extraordinary Ray Charles digs into bluesy grooves, Stephen Scott dazzles and stretches far beyond bebop, while Chucho Valdés proves his roots lie deep in the rhythms of his homeland.

An assured leader and sensitive collaborator, Turre adventures impressively through ten tracks. He delivers a passionate solo on the opening “Ray's Collard Greens" and makes the often-done “Misty" his own, displaying characteristic authority and dynamic sensitivity. An excellent composer/arranger, this new release spotlights five of Steve's own compositions. In the Spur of the Moment also features a rendering of Jerome Kern's “The Way You Look Tonight" and an Ellington medley “Do Nothing till You Hear from Me/Five O'clock Drag." Stephen Scott wrote the title track and Chucho Valdés contributes “Claudia" (with string quartet).

Personnel also includes bassists Buster Williams, Peter Washington and Andy Gonzalez, drummers Jack DeJohnette, (younger brother) Peter Turre and Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez, and Quartette Indigo. J.J. Johnson, the distinguished father of the modern jazz trombone, wrote the liner notes.

One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, Steve Turre consistently wins both the readers' and critics' polls in JazzTimes, Down Beat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His career first picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired the young trombonist to go on tour. A year later, his mentor, Woody Shaw, brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Max Roach, and many others. After being introduced to the conch shell by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, he later discovered that his Mexican ancestors had played the shells. Turre has also been a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984.

Phenomenal live performances are a big part of Steve Turre's growing popularity, and he will be playing at major jazz venues in Europe and the US throughout the summer and fall.

Steve Turre's In the Spur of the Moment in-stores June 27, 2000.

Read AAJ's May Profile on Steve.

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