Turn Signal

Turn Signal

by Mike Wofford


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Turn Signal

Pianist Mike Wofford and flautist Holly Hofmann make a good team, as after they'd played together for a while, they became husband and wife, too. From this quintet session, they invited trumpeter Terell Stafford (who made a name for himself as a part of Bobby Watson's Horizon as well as recording as a leader), bassist Rob Thorson, and drummer Richard Sellers. The blend of flute and trumpet creates a warm harmony throughout much of the album, which is a compelling mix of strong originals and overlooked gems. Wofford's loping "The Dipper" is a tribute to Horace Silver, though it doesn't mimic his compositions. He integrates voicings similar to the jazz master's into his own framework. Hofmann's rambunctious post-bop vehicle "M-Line" sets the quintet afire, with sizzling solos by the composer and Stafford, followed by Wofford's intense workout. Bobby Watson's infectious, Latin-flavored "Karita" will be familiar to the alto saxophonist's fans, as he has recorded it several times and Stafford has likely played it on gigs with him. Stafford's fiery solo is exuberant without going overboard, followed by Hofmann's expressive, sublime solo. Wofford's bluesy playing is the highlight of Jimmy Forrest's "Soul Street," as Thorson and Sellers lay down a solid foundation underneath him. Dick Twardzik is nearly forgotten due to his early death from a drug overdose in the '50s, but "The Girl from Greenland" is evidence of his promise as a composer. Wofford's engaging trio interpretation pays tribute to the little-recorded pianist. Turn Signal is easily one of the best recordings by Mike Wofford and Holly Hofmann.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2012
Label: Capri Records
UPC: 0054987411120
catalogNumber: 74111
Rank: 140656

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Wofford   Primary Artist,Piano
Holly Hofmann   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo
Terell Stafford   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rob Thorsen   Bass
Richard Sellers   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Vince Mendoza   Composer
Bobby Watson   Composer
Mike Wofford   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Dan Abernathy   Engineer
Thomas C. Burns   Executive Producer
Holly Hofmann   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Richard Twardzik   Composer
Nathalie Breakstone   Graphic Design

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