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Mark Turner Quartet; Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mark Turner Quartet
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“…one of the most important players that has come along in the last 20 years.” – Ravi Coltrane

Mark Turner is one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, renowned for his exploratory intellect and intimate expressivity on the full range of the tenor horn. Lathe of Heaven is his sixth album as a leader – but the first under his own name since 2001. It’s also his leader debut for ECM, following two fine albums for the label in the cooperative trio Fly with Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, plus appearances on key ECM recordings by Billy Hart and Enrico Rava. Turner leads a quartet of kindred spirits here, often entwining long serpentine lines with rising-star trumpeter Avishai Cohen as they play long, introspective lines of hypnotic grace; and with the lithe rhythm section of bassist Joe Martin and drummer Justin Brown, there is subtle volatility in the air.

A New York Times profile of Turner was once published under the title “The Best Jazz Player You’ve Never Heard.” Thankfully, the second half of that headline is now changing, as he is, as the article says: “possibly jazz’s premier player.” Raised in Southern California, Turner moved east to study at Berklee College of Music before settling in New York City, becoming ensconced in the city’s jazz scene.

The budding saxophonist quickly became an in-demand session player, working with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lee Konitz, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau and the SFJAZZ Collective. The frequent collaborations played a key role in shaping Turner’s solo output. As he puts it: “I really got into it and worked really hard…it took a while, and it was kind of an arduous struggle, but it allowed me to figure out what I wanted from music…I felt like that was part of my path to sounding like myself.”

The past couple years have found Turner entering an exciting new creative phase, having just released Lathe of Heaven, and also featured on new releases by Stefano Bollani, Gilad Hekselman and the Billy Hart Quartet. As he says of his current music, “…it’s a combination of everything I’ve heard and everything I’ve done…the way I write and the way that I play…[it’s] all a representation of the all of the musical situations that I’ve been in…”

CALENDAR INFO
Mark Turner Quartet

DATE: Thursday, September 25, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $27/Door, ½ Price Night for Students (at the door only with I.D.)
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Tina Pelikan
Tina.pelikan@umusic.com
(212) 333-8449

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