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. This is his ECM leader debut, following albums for the label in the cooperative trio Fly with Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, and appearances on key recordings by Billy Hart, Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani. Turner leads a quartet of kindred spirits here, often entwining in serpentine fashion with rising-star trumpeter Avishai Cohen. They play long, introspective lines of hypnotic grace; and with the lithe rhythm section of bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, there is subtle volatility in the air.
Classic hard rock in the vein of Deep Purple, Rainbow, and Bad Company from the L.A.-based outfit led by guitar virtuoso Stuart Smith. An 8 song EP featuring 4 brand new Heaven & Earth tracks with Ruff Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino and 4 songs from the award winning classic first Heaven & Earth CD. Produced by Dave Jenkins, this EP features Stuart Smith's amazing rock instrumental take on Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring" with "Dreams of Desire". Richie Sambora's soulful rendition of "When a Blind Man Cries", Joe Lynn Turner's incredible vocal performance of the bands title track "Heaven & Earth" and Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes heart stopping powerhouse performance of "See That My Grave is Kept Clean".
For his fourth outing as a leader, Mark Turner puts together a set of ballad standards. His usual quintet is mostly still in place, with Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Brian Blade on drums, but Kevin Hays replacing Brad Mehldau on piano. The group picks some well-known popular songs, such as the Gershwins' "I Loves You Porgy," Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark," and "All or Nothing at All," an early hit for Frank Sinatra and a tune once essayed by John Coltrane. "Some Other Time," the Leonard Bernstein song from On the Town, turns out to be a particularly felicitous choice for jazz improvisation.