Truth

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All Music Guide - Jim Todd
Saxophonist Turk Mauro and his sextet stick with familiar patterns, changes and rhythms on this 1996 recording of contemporary boppish swing, no-nonsense blues riffs, ballads and gospel numbers. Intermingled with these reliable routines, The Truth has brief moments where things take an unexpected turn -- an unanticipated chord voicing or a fresh turn of phrase in the midst of a standard blues. A veteran of various big bands, the capable Mauro seems content with journeyman status and to have the opportunity to perform and record his mainstream sounds. Citing Gene Ammons as an early influence, Mauro also has some of the gravel-toned, yet pliant, sound of Ben Webster. "Unaffected...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Todd
Saxophonist Turk Mauro and his sextet stick with familiar patterns, changes and rhythms on this 1996 recording of contemporary boppish swing, no-nonsense blues riffs, ballads and gospel numbers. Intermingled with these reliable routines, The Truth has brief moments where things take an unexpected turn -- an unanticipated chord voicing or a fresh turn of phrase in the midst of a standard blues. A veteran of various big bands, the capable Mauro seems content with journeyman status and to have the opportunity to perform and record his mainstream sounds. Citing Gene Ammons as an early influence, Mauro also has some of the gravel-toned, yet pliant, sound of Ben Webster. "Unaffected by the John Coltrane school of playing," is how Mauro describes it. While he mostly plays tenor, the most distinctive and satisfying moments happen when the leader switches to baritone, as he does on the date's highlight -- a patient reflection on the standard "What a Difference a Day Makes." This is one of two tracks where Dr. Lonnie Smith, better known as an organist, shines as a powerful accompanist and soloist at the piano. The contribution from the date's other two pianists: Dolphe Castellano and Billy Marcus, are of a more generically competent stripe.Throughout, bassist Jeff Grubbs and drummer Danny Burger provide active, dependable support on this occasionally interesting update on the legacies of Ammons, Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Sonny Stitt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/1997
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218926720
  • Catalog Number: 9267

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Turk Mauro Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Minger Trumpet
Dolphe Castellano Piano
Dr. Lonnie Smith Piano
Jeff Grubbs Bass
Eric Allison Tenor Saxophone
Billy Marcus Piano
Danny Burger Drums
Technical Credits
Turk Mauro Producer
George Horn Mastering
Bob Weinstock Executive Producer
Eugene Holley Jr. Liner Notes
Jim Crockett Engineer
Eric Allison Director
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
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