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Steve Turreさんは御年64歳。しかし絶好調に元気です。Tromb oneもホラ貝も（笑）いや、ほら貝のお陰で「色物」扱いされることがありますが、もちろんTurreさんは非常に優秀なTrombonistでComposerです。1960年代後半からキャリアをスタートし、Roland Kirk、Carlos Santana、Ray Charlesと共演しました。"Sanctified Shells"という「ほら貝グループ」を率いて活動し、長きに亘ってLatin jazzもプレイしてきたTurreさん。1988年からはManhattan School of Musicで、2008年からはジュリアード音楽院で教鞭をとっています。
本作はTurreさんが1980年代に共演したWoody Shawに捧げたアルバム。Jon Faddis(tp)、Walla...ce Roney(tp)、Claudio Roditi(tp)、Chocolate Armenteros(tp)、Freddie Hendrix(tp)という5人のTrumpeterを各曲でFeatureしています。特にラテン・ジャズの大御所、Chocolate Armenterosは本レコーディングの時点で83歳！元気です！各Trumpeterの音楽性に合わせた素晴らしい曲、Turreさんのプレイがさすがです。バックではピアノのLuis Perdomoが光っています。ベストテイクはバラッドのM3"In Retrospect"。 Steve TurreとWallace Roneyの音色の美しさったらもう.......
Steve Turre(Tb, Shells)
Xavier Davis(P)1-4, 8,9
Duduka da Fonseca(Ds, Birambeau)5,6
Jimmy Delgado(Timbales, Conga)6,7
Pedro Martinez(Bongos, Campana)7
Recroded at Knoop Studios, River Edge, NJ on June 9, 2011 and August 17, 2011
1. Woody's Delight
2. Something For Sweets
3. In Retrospect
5. Annette's For Sure
6. Adios Mi Amigo
7. Manny's Mambo
8. 3 For Woody
9. Brother Bob
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Steve Turre - Something for Sweets
Steve Turre has long been the first call trombonist of course that is when he is not working as a prolific arranger, composer, educator and solo artist in his own right - and did I mention he has been the trombonist with the Saturday Night Live house band since 1984. Turre's fourth release on the HighNote label finds Turre still taking the late Woody Shaw's advice and to go for it! Steve Turre joined Woody Shaw's quintet back in 1981 and before his passing in 1989, Steve had made 14 records with him. Woody's Delight is Turre's forth release on the HighNote label and he continues Shaw's advise which has served him well with eight of the nine tunes having been penned by Turre. "Annette's For Sure" is a tune by Brazilian master Claudio Roditi and is an integral part of the textured layers of flavor found in this sonic delight. Turre brought in four veteran trumpet players for this tribute to Shaw. Roditi along with Wallace Roney, Jon Faddis and Chocolate Armenteros are more than complemented by a rising star in Freddie Hendrix. Turre is much like his muse Shaw in promoting musical variety while still maintaining that ever important artistic sense of self. "Woody's Delight" was appropriately named for Shaw's penchant for blues in the key of G-minor. A 24 bar melody with a 12-bar blues format making for the unique approach to the otherwise done to death presentation heard today. "Something For Sweets" continues in the musical tribute vein to Harry "Sweets" Edison with a more post modern riff on a swing era legend. Steve Turre is a prolific artist in the world of Latin jazz and the beautiful ballad "Adios Mi Amigo" again pays fitting tribute to his friend pianist Hilton Ruiz whose passing remains a mystery to this day. While there is a suspicion of manslaughter the local authorities in New Orleans still list the death of Ruiz as an accident. Turre's love for and prodigious talent for Latin music comes full circle with the smoker "Manny's Mambo." Steve Turre's use of shells is far more than an eclectic novelty used for special effect but is instead a melody and rhythm instrument and an extension of his experience in Manny Oquendo's Conjunto Libre where Turre acquired a new rhythmic language. Freddie Hendrix is a gifted instrumentalist quickly developing his own musical voice and is a brilliant addition to this ensemble cast on "3 For Woody" and "Brother Bob." From young guns such as Freddie Hendrix to 83 year old Chocolate Armenteros who was also a member of Conjunto Libre, Woody's Delight is a musical celebration. Steve Turre has created a musical celebration, not a passing of the torch but an artistic triumph in the Woody Shaw spirit of "going for it!"
A flawless 5 Star recording.
- Critical Jazz
Woody’s Delight again demonstrates that trombonist Steve Turre often composes best in homage mode. Having done tributes for past mentors trombonist J.J. Johnson (One4J) and multi-reedist Rahsaan Roland Kirk (The Spirits Up Above), Turre’s primary focus this time around is trumpeter Woody Shaw, with whom he recorded 14 albums over an eight-year period early in his career. The opening title track is the most overt nod in Shaw’s direction – blues in G-minor (one of Shaw’s favorite forms of expression) that has a hard-bop pulsation and unison arrangement between Turre and trumpeter Jon Faddis, one that any fan of those late-’70s and early-’80s Shaw discs will appreciate. Faddis sticks around for “Something For Sweets,” named for Basie-band trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison, that’s most memorable for the strong, strolling lines of bassist Buster Williams. There are five featured trumpeters in all on Woody’s Delight and Turre’s New Jersey neighbor, Wallace Roney, is up next, glowing beyond his typical Miles Davis-like melancholy on Turre’s haunting, butterscotch ballad, “In Retrospect,” written with Roney in mind, and with Roney’s electric keyboardist, Araun Ortiz, blending with Turre’s pianist Xavier Davis in a manner that isn’t fulsome but faithful to the fragility of the tune. After another number with Roney, Turre delves into his multifaceted Latin musical past with a wonderful series of ace sidemen. “Annette’s For Sure,” is a samba written for two horns by trumpeter Claudio Roditi (the lone song Turre didn’t compose), that leads off with Turre’s conch shells and the single-string Brazilian twang of Duduka Da Fonseca’s berimbau. “Adios Mi Amigo” is a mournfully serene homage to Turre’s former cohort in Kirk’s band, pianist Hilton Ruiz, who died under mysterious circumstances inNew Orleansin 2006. Roditi’s rich tone splits the difference between trumpet and flugelhorn, bassist Andy Gonzalez has a beautiful rubato tone, and Turre uses his plunger mute to great effect in conveying a more nuanced depiction of grief. The mood quickly pivots into ebullience on Turre’s fabulous tribute to another bandleader-mentor, Manny Oquendo, on “Manny’s Mambo.” Three alumni of Oquendo’s large group Conjunto Libre – Gonzales, Turre and 83-year-old trumpeter Chocolate Armenteros – team with the resplendent pianist Luis Perdomo and a trio of Latin percussionist for hip-swiveling mambo fanfares that guarantee a good mood for the listener. It’s the must-hear track in the collection. “3 For Woody” shares a modal reverberation with the classic Coltrane quartet, and both Hendrix and the pianist Davis unlock that simultaneous mix of intensity and suspended animation common to the Coltrane-McCoy Tyner phrasings on those quartet records. Then “Brother Bob” closes this wide-ranging record with the last of Turre’s tributes, to a well-regarded limousine driver favored by jazz musicians around New York City. Once again Buster Williams commands attention on bass and Turre’s shells provide a distinct texture.
by Britt Robson, eMusic Contributor
It seems impossible that Woody Shaw died as long ago as 1989. He was one of the fallen, a unique flame of brilliance, extinguished too soon. Steve Turre made 14 records with Shaw, and attributes the realization of his own artistic identity to Shaw’s guidance and encouragement. Woody’s Delight is, loosely and creatively, a tribute album. There are no Shaw tunes, but his presence is a recurring resonance, sometimes distant, sometimes near. The most obvious connection is the format. Shaw’s bands with Turre had a trumpet/trombone frontline. Turre uses five trumpet players, three well known, two not; all different, all strong. None sound like Shaw but they share his taste for adventure. The youngest is Freddie Hendrix, a new name to watch. He takes a veering solo on “3 for Woody” that ascends to spitfire catharsis. (There are direct references to Shaw in the open modal spaces of the tune and in the hard-charging head.) The most unusual is 83-year-old Chocolate Armenteros, pleasingly strident on “Manny’s Mambo.” The title track is a blues in G-minor, an idiom Shaw loved (think “Rahsaan’s Run”). Jon Faddis’ solo is risky yet elegant, wildly fast but with long, slow slides. Wallace Roney’s finely etched, muted rendering of the heartfelt ballad, “In Retrospect,” is personal and passionate. Claudio Roditi communicates joy (on his own “Annette’s for Sure”) or sadness (on “Adios Mi Amigo”) with equal immediacy. As for the leader, Turre’s work confirms the general popular and critical consensus that he is the foremost trombonist in jazz. Every solo is a cogent, complete essay without an inconsequential note. But his achievement here is larger. This album is a meditation and an act of faith, affirming that when an artist’s spirit is preserved in music, it is never lost.
By Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times
Steve Turre’s fourteenth album as a bandleader proves once again why Turre is at the forefront of jazz trombone players. Woody’s Delight is indeed a delight; with nine songs clocking in at just over an hour, Turre flawlessly transitions between Latin Jazz, bop and post-bop, utilizing a large rotating cast of musicians along the way. Woody’s Delight is named for Turre’s late mentor and friend, trumpeter Woody Shaw. Featuring contributions from the legendary trumpeter Wallace Roney, as well as contributions from other noted trumpet players, Turre’s choice of musicians on each track shows why he is a skilled bandleader who can change the mood on an album at the drop of a hat. The palate of colorful moods that Woody’s sets ranges from upbeat, to mellow, to introspective, and then comes full circle, giving the listener a mixed bag of listening experiences. Turre’s playing on Woody’s is spot on. Deftly maneuvering between lead and backing parts, Steve shares his love for the trombone with the listener, as well as giving us a glimpse into his upbringing in San Francisco by Mexican American parents. What struck me the most about Woody’s Delight is that while there is a distinctly Latin feel to the set, it doesn’t seem as though Turre and co. are trying to remind us that we are listening to a “Latin Jazz” album. The playing and instrumentation is done so flawlessly and naturally that when the players throw in some distinctly Latin touches such as ornate percussion or syncopation of the horn section, it doesn’t sound contrived, and instead feels like a nice warm day relaxing in the California sun. Steve Turre’s other ventures include his role as Saturday Night Live’s trombonist, recording with Santana in 1970, touring with Ray Charles in 1972, and an entire album and ensemble where the musicians create music strictly using specially modified sea shells (such as conches). While Woody’s Delight is no Sanctified Shells (did you catch my sarcasm there?), it is noteworthy and should be regarded as an exceptional modern day jazz album. Woody’s Delight has left me wanting more Steve Turre, and hopefully we’ll get to hear more of his delights soon.Notable Tracks include: Woody’s Delight, Luna, Annette’s For Sure, Manny’s Mambo.
Ryan’s Rating: 7.9/10
- Ryan Metz
Steve Turre (né Stephen Johnson Turre; born 12 September 1948 Omaha, Nebraska) is an American jazz trombonist, a pioneering musical seashell virtuoso, a composer, arranger, and educator at the collegiate-conservatory level who, for forty-nine years, has been active in jazz, rock, and Latin jazz — in live venues, recording studios, and cinema production. As a studio musician, Turre is among the most prolific living jazz trombonist in the world. As a member of a television orchestra, this is Turre's twenty-ninth year as trombonist with the Saturday Night Live Band.
Turre was raised in Lafayette, California (San Francisco Bay area). His father was of Sicilian ancestry and his mother was of Mexican ancestry. He began playing trombone at age ten, during his fourth grade in school. In his early teens, he played in a band with his elder brother, Michael James Turre (born 1946), a saxophonist. Although he entered California State University, Sacramento, on a football scholarship, he studied music theory there for two years before transferring to the University of North Texas College of Music, where he studied from 1968 to 1969 and played in a band led by Hannibal Peterson.
In 1968, Turre played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk; in 1970 he recorded with Carlos Santana; and in 1972 he toured with Ray Charles. He has been the trombonist for the Saturday Night Live band since 1985 and has taught jazz trombone at the Manhattan School of Music since 1988. Turre is also noted for playing conch and other seashells as musical instruments, which he has done since 1970. Kirk encouraged his interest in using seashells as a lip-reed instrument. Turre has a collection of shells of various sizes, which he has picked up during his travels in the Caribbean and elsewhere. The shells have their mouthpieces carefully cut and are tuned to specific pitches. When playing them as a soloist he frequently switches between shells, as each is limited in its register (the smallest shells, for example, have a practical register of only a fifth). His largest shell, from the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, has a range between the D and E below middle C, and was painted by a Cuban artist. Turre also leads "Sanctified Shells," which is a "shell choir" made up of brass players who double on seashell (using shells from Turre's collection, which he loans out for rehearsals and performances). The group released its first, eponymous album in 1993. He has had a long experience with Latin jazz, and is also a skilled player of the cowbell and Venezuelan maracas. Turre has been a member of the Juilliard faculty since 2008, and was previously on the faculty from 2001 to 2003.
In 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2006 he won the Down Beat Reader's Poll for best trombonist.
1987: Viewpoint (Stash) OCLC 18922356
1987: Viewpoints and Vibrations (Stash) OCLC 20714412
1988: Fire and Ice (Stash) OCLC 20176471
1989: Dedication (JMT Recordsw|JMT) OCLC 57037029
1991: Right There (Antilles) OCLC 26215327
1993: Sanctified Shells (Antilles) OCLC 28310905
1995: Rhythm Within (Antilles) with Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders
1997: Steve Turre (Verve) OCLC 37248623
1999: In The Spur Of The Moment (Telarc) OCLC 45040043
1999: Lotus Flower (Verve) OCLC 406452520
2000: TNT (Trombone-N-Tenor) (Telarc) OCLC 50116787
2003: One4J: Paying Homage to J.J. Johnson (Telarc) OCLC 51833930
2004: The Spirits Up Above (HighNote) OCLC 57077598
2006: Keep Searchin' (HighNote) OCLC 488940684
2008: Rainbow People (HighNote) OCLC 223993800
2009: The Smoke Sessions, live from The Smoke Jazz Club, New York (Smoke Jazz)
2010: Delicious and Delightful (HighNote) OCLC 646105087
2012: Woody's Delight (HighNote) OCLC 772189510