Few can match Steve Turre's skill as a trombonist. His technical mastery has seen him win five Down Beat magazine polls. Since his formative experience as a teenager playing alongside Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Turre has gone on to play with artists such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner. He can also be found playing in Cuban maestro Arutro O'Farrill's orchestra and the "Saturday Night Live" band. For his new disc, "Delicious and Delightful", Turre is joined by sax great Billy Harper, pianist Larry Willis, with whom Steve had worked in Shaw's band, and guitarist Russell Malone.
After reimagining the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter on previous releases, trombonist Conrad Herwig continues his "Latin Side" series of discs by highlighting the compositions of iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. "The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock" was recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, and features reigning jazz giant pianist Eddie Palmieri and trumpeter Randy Brecker. With arrangements provided by Herwig and pianist Bill O'Connell, the recording includes classic Hancock tunes like "Cantaloupe Island," "Watermelon Man" and "The Sorcerer."
Also out with new music: Pianist Larry Goldings and saxophonist Harry Allen collaborate on a sophisticated and magnetic project, "When Larry Met Harry"; pianist and composer Dave Bass, whose music career was put in jeopardy 20 years ago after a wrist fracture and who went on to law school and his current gig as a California Deputy Attorney General in civil rights enforcement, is joined by Ernie Watts and Mary Stallings on "Gone"; and trumpeter Jim Rotondi has vibraphonist Joe Locke and drummer and Iowa native Bill Stewart in his quintet for "1000 Rainbows."