KIOS Jazz CD of the Month: Steve Turre/Colors for the Masters/Smoke Sessions Records

Sep 1, 2016

Steve Turre has returned with another thoroughly satisfying new disc. Colors For The Masters is the latest record from Turre, a trombonist, composer, and bandleader. It includes a potpourri of musical colors to enjoy, from ballads to cookers to bop and everything in between.

To create this feast for the ears Turre has assembled a studio band of some of today's top jazz artists. Pianist Kenny Barron, along with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jimmy Cobb are the rhythm section. Saxophonist Javon Jackson sits in on four tunes. Percussionist Cyro Baptista joins in on the final tune of the date where Turre plays shells,  in addition to his fabulous trombone artistry.

The set list is(Unless indicated, tunes are written by Steve Turre):

1-Taylor Made


3-JoCo Blue

4-Coffee Pot(J.J. Johnson)

5-Reflections(Thelonious Monk)

6-Mellow D for R.C.

7-Colors for the Masters

8-When Sunny Gets Blue(Marvin Fisher/Jack Segal)

9-United(Wayne Shorter)

10-Corcovado (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

Colors for the Masters is Turre's tribute to the mentors that influenced him early in his career, those being J. J. Johnson, Woody Shaw and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Highlights of the date include "Coffee Pot", a J. J. Johnson tune; a rich and enchanting rendition of "When Sunny Gets Blue", the closer "Corcovado", with an enjoyable Latin Groove, and the title track on which Steve's trombone leads the band through a kaleidoscope of colors into a warm, groovy vibe.

Steve Turre is an internationally acclaimed bandleader, trombonist, and performer on seashells. He has been a member of the Saturday Night Live in-house band since 1984. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Turre has released consistently exceptional jazz recordings for years. These have won him the reader's and critic's polls several times over in Downbeat, Jazziz and JazzTimes magazines. Turre has worked with a who's who in jazz and music including  Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Ray Charles, J. J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, and many others.

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