An adventurous chamber group, the Turtle Island String Quartet (aka the Turtle Island Quartet) emerged in the mid-'80s playing stylistically wide-ranging music that married classical string traditions with modern jazz arrangements and improvisation. Originally signed to Windham Hill, they gained acclaim for their innovative reworkings of bebop standards like "A Night in Tunisia" off their 1988 debut, as well as their equally boundary-breaking interpretations of songs from beyond the jazz and classical worlds, including forays into bluegrass, rock, R&B, and various ethnic traditions. While their line-up has changed over the years, the group has continued to garner plaudits, including winning the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album for 4 + Four, a collaboration with Iowa's Ying Quartet, and A Love Supreme: The ...
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