Dave Turner

Live

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It would not be an exaggeration to think of Dave Turner as the Canadian Phil Woods. Like Woods, Turner's main inspiration is Charlie Parker and he extends bebop by widening its repertoire and keeping his style open to newer innovations while not watering down his basic approach. This initial release from DSM (short for Dominic Sciscente Music) is also special in featuring the legendary (but rarely recorded) guitarist Nelson Symonds along with bassist Dave Gelfand and drummer Claude Lavergne. Symonds is a major force both as a soloist (he plays each note with such force on "First Nation" that he almost sounds like a banjo) and as an accompanist behind Turner's lyrical and emotional statements. Together they perform four of the leader's originals (which includes the 14-minute blues "Thank You for Your Hospitality") and an uptempo "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" with swing and creativity, making this a disc certainly worth picking up.

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