December 29, 1991 |
* * * 1/2 Steve Turre, "Right There," Antilles. The trombonist's appearance in various settings--with violinist John Blake and briefly with the trumpet and tenor sax of Wynton Marsalis and Benny Golson--lifts this venture above the small-group norm. Ellington's "Echoes of Harlem," a duo cut by Turre (with plunger-mute) and cello (playing double stops), is remarkably self-sufficient. The album's only weak spot is an anticlimactic final track, a 1950s-type mambo by an entirely different band.
August 19, 2000 |
The Miscellaneous Instruments category in Down Beat's annual polls has always been a kind of catchall grouping. This year, typically, it encompassed Toots Thielemans' harmonica (which won), Bela Fleck's banjo, Howard Johnson's tuba and Erik Friedlander's cello. But it's unlikely that there has ever been a more unusual entry than Steve Turre's conch shells.
August 17, 2000
8pm Dance You can think of it as Dance Kaleidoscope in toe shoes, but BalletFest 2000 wants to be more than just another affirmation of Southland diversity. Over three nights--with related screenings and other satellite events--this new performance series showcases California's home-grown classical ensembles to emphasize the creativity and excellence that star-obsessed local audiences often ignore. On Thursday, Inland Pacific Ballet and Pasadena Dance Theatre share the program.
January 4, 1996 |
Want to see a man play jazz on a seashell? Check out Steve Turre at Catalina Bar & Grill this week, where the veteran trombonist is demonstrating the amazing possibilities of conch shell jazz improvisation. At the start of his set Tuesday night, Turre's music promised, and delivered, some straight-ahead, energetic jazz.