Sunday, May 29, 2011

Steve Turre's Bright Musical Rainbow

Trombonist Steve Turre’s latest album, Rainbow People, is his third under the HighNote imprint and brings the veteran together with pianist Mulgrew Miller and saxophonist Kenny Garrett with whom he performed together with in Woody Shaw’s Band, along with longtime Dizzy Gillespie drummer, Ignacio Berroa (who played with Turre in the United Nation Orchestra); bassist Peter Washington and youngblood trumpeter, Sean Jones, who has toured with Turre. Percussionist Pedro Martinez, a guest here, has played in Turre’s Latin jazz Ensembles and in the Shell Choir.

Six of the nine performances are Turre originals, starting with the title track, a number that recalls some of the late Shaw’s marvelous compositions and opens with some warm trombone by the leader along with marvelous group playing throughout and a nice solo by Garrett. Turre’s tone is sublime, ranging from buttery smooth to a gruff blues bluster, and Turre’s rhythm section is wonderful throughout this date.

Turre is the sole horn on a tribute to Ray Charles, Brother Ray, with a bluesy flavor, followed the funky Groove Blues, with Garrett taking the first solo followed by Miller’s down-in-the alley piano. Midnight in Madrid, which also features trumpeter Jones, is a tone poem which conjures up thoughts of bullfighting and flamenco dancers. McCoy Tyner’s ballad, Search For Peace, may be a special highpoint in terms of not simply displaying Turre’s tone but his fertile musical mind.

Charlie Parker’s Segment, is crisply delivered bebop with crisp playing by him and Garrett. The closing Para el Comandante, is dedicated to Mario Rivera and is the only selection with all of the participants. This Latin jazz number sparkles with Garrett, Jones and Miller providing strong solos before Turre is heard on the shells.

Another excellent addition to Steve Turre’s body of recordings.

The review copy was likely provided by Jazz & Blues Report.

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