Polished lines roll out of his horn with apparently effortless
I don’t think Brad Turner’s Quartet has put out a bad album.
I’m sure if you asked Brad he would cringe at a few things
about his earlier recordings like any musician who listens to
their early stuff. There will be absolutely no cringing by
anybody now or ever about his latest release on Maximum
Jazz, Small Wonder.
Anchored by Dylan van der Schyff’s propulsive and creative
drumming, Andre Lachance’s ultra creative and sensitive
bass lines, Bruno Hubert’s quirky and completely unique
piano stylings and of course the leader’s incredibly melodic
and complex trumpet playing. Small Wonder is as complete as
album as you will hear. Great sound, great playing, great
compositions and great design!
On a number of occasions I have heard Brad Turner
compositions before and been so taken with them asked him
for a lead sheet only to look at realize it will take a miracle for
me to actually negotiate the changes. In other words his tunes
are a lot harder than they sound. This is a compliment to the
seasoned composer. I can often remember the melodies and
find myself humming them or parts of them throughout the day
after listening to the record but to actually sit down and
analyze what's going on and how to play over the changes is
a whole other ball game.
The four guys seem to interpret all of the tunes with a great
amount of ease and comfort. Evidence that this band is very
comfortable with one another and so they should be. It’s the
quartet’s fifth release and except for the first one Long Story
Short where the late Chris Nelson occupies the bass chair the
band has remained virtually the same. Kudos go out to Brad
Turner for managing to keep things happening with this band.
There isn’t exactly a lot of playing opportunities in the city but
somehow BT continues to find the inspiration to write,
rehearse and lucky for us, record the band.
Whether its playing drums in Bruno Hubert’s Trio, piano in his
own trio, trumpet in Bill Coon’s Double Quartet or trumpet in
his own quintet Turner always seems to ‘bring it.’ It is however
very clear in talking with Brad and also listening that The Brad
Turner Quartet is his number one priority and apple of his
Its hard to pick a highlight on this record. It touches so many
aspects of what makes a great jazz record. I love the opening
track Scuffle, the openness and freeness of the bass /
trumpet intro in 70 Mile is beautiful and I love the way it goes
into the opening groove. Punchy is exactly as the title sounds
and is a bit of a feature for van der Schyff who’s drumming
sounds like a complete orchestra. There is absolutely nothing
missing in his drumming which is wonderful.
It's nice to see Maximum Jazz living up to its name and
actually releasing a few jazz records. This is a must have.
You will not be disappointed! (Cory Weeds, CoryWeeds.ca)
Question The Answer is another milestone in a career which,
while still only in its early stages, already demonstrates a
clear conception and mature vision that makes one wonder
where Turner will be in ten years’ time. - All About Jazz.com
His horn work (was) inspired by its willful aversion to the
familiar licks and lines that have defined modern jazz
trumpet...demonstrating instead a mind of his own and his
flightly melodies and solid rhythmic grounding. - Globe and
MailOne of Canada’s most vibrant Jazz players. • Vancouver
He’s one of those musicians who can make his presence felt
within the sound of a few notes. - Globe and Mail
There and Back has incredibly accomplished effervescent
sound... the chemistry is reminiscent of the great Miles Davis
‘60’s bands. - Edmonton Journal
He’s kind of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett all
rolled into one.
- Globe and Mail
A beautiful musician. - Joe Lovano