• Mark Turner, David Virelles, Ben Street, the late Paul Motian on JazzSet

    January 20, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Photo by John Rogers for NPR Music
    Photo by John Rogers for NPR Music

    Mark Turner's woodwind-like tenor tone spans atall range, and he sidesteps onto the rungs as he climbs and descends. There’s a piece by Monk and another by Bud Powell, but the heart of this set is a pair of flowing, conversational, improvisatory pieces – “Wasteland” by Turner leading to “Etude” by Motian (bassist Ben Street’s choice). Pianist David Virelles, born in 1983 in Santiago de Cuba, adds a fresh slant.

    Listen on WBGO 88.3 this Sunday, January 22, at 6pm and Wednesday, January 25, at 6:30.

    Thanks to Josh Jackson for documenting this Mark Turner Quartet,  one of drummer Paul Motian's final nights in his favorite room, the Village Vanguard. Hear why -- oh those cymbals -- on this week's JazzSet.

    There's more about the show andweb extra music at jazzset.npr.org.

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