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Steve Turre: The Bones Of Art

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It took one day to record, but The Bones of Art is a lifetime of thought and dedication for trombone master Steve Turre.

Conceived as an homage to Art Blakey, Turre has assembled a frontline of trombonists, who like himself, all spent time with the legendary drummer who inspired in all, as Jazz Messengers,  a responsibility and desire to proudly advance the music.

There's plenty of "meat on them 'bones", as Jack Somer writes in his notes for this recording. The 'bones in question are Frank Lacy, Robin Eubanks, Steve Davis and Turre, and the group is anchored by pianist Xavier Davis, bassists Peter Washington and Kenny Davis, drummer Willie Jones III and percussionist Pedro Martinez.

"Slide's Ride", by Turre, nods to Slide Hampton, and has the leader, Davis and Lacy in an excited exchange reminiscent of Slide's World of Trombones. Robin Eubanks' "Shorter Bu", is a Turre/Eubanks/Lacy interplay showing a spirit that would make Blakey smile.

The Latin feel of "Daylight", with Turre on conch shells, alongside Davis and Lacy with percussionist Martinez and pianist Davis is the fast lane closer.

There's funky blues, ballads, bebop and more on "The Bones of Art," which comes out August 20.

Can't wait? Check out Rhonda Hamilton's hour-long conversation with Steve about the project at WBGO.ORG, or listen to it on The Checkout, our weekly new music magazine, which airs Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. on 88.3 FM.

         - Gary Walker, WBGO music director

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