Mark Turner (with Joshua Redman): 317 East 32nd Street


317 East 32nd Street


Mark Turner (tenor sax)


Mark Turner (Warner Bros. 46701)

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Mark Turner (tenor sax), Joshua Redman (tenor sax), Edward Simon (piano), Christopher Thomas (bass), Brian Blade (drums).

Composed by Lennie Tristano


Recorded: New York, December 7, 1995


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

As a student at Berklee, Mark Turner was looking for an alternative to the dominant post-bebop ideology, and discovering Tristano and Warne Marsh opened new doors to him. On his first Warner record, he includes – among other tunes from Coltrane, Ornette Coleman or himself – this classic penned by the blind pianist from Chicago, and invites his friend Joshua Redman to join in. It’s a good occasion to appreciate Turner’s sensitive assimilation of the linear approach that Tristano advocated, and to revel in his mastery of the whole register of his horn. Redman, on the contrary, is obviously not very versed in the Tristano aesthetics and his solo is basically related to the bop idiom. An interesting contrast between two young tenors of the nineties: one of them soon became a star, the other one’s quest is still on its way.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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