Mark Turner Quintet - Yam Yam (2LP)

Mark Turner Quintet - Yam Yam (2LP)

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Mark Turner – tenor saxophone

Brad Mehldau – piano

Kurt Rosenwinkel – guitar

Larry Grenadier – double bass

Jorge Rossy – drums

Seamus Blake    tenor sax (D1)

Terence Dean   tenor sax (D1)

Written by Mark Turner (A1, B1, C1, D1-3), Kurt Rosenwinkel (A2), John Coltrane (B2), Brad Mehldau (C2)


    2LP, Gatefold jacket

    Original analog Master tape : YES

    Heavy Press : 180g

    Record color : Black

    Speed : 33RPM

    Size : 12'’



    Record Press : unspecified

    Label : Anagram Music

    Original label : Criss Cross Jazz

    Recorded Dec. 12, 1994 at PRM Studio in New York City

    Engineered by Max Bolleman

    Mastering and Lacquer Cutting by Bernie Grundman

    Originally released in May 1995 (as a CD)

    Reissued in June 2022 (first time as an LP)


    Tracks :

    Side A:

    1. Tune Number One
    2. Cubism

    Side B:

    1. Yam Yam
    2. Moment's Notice

    Side C:

    1. Isolation
    2. Subtle Tragedy

    Side D:

    1. Zürich
    2. Blues
    3. Yam Yam II

              Reviews :

              “This early quintet outing is a strong showcase for Mark Turner the composer. It's also an important chapter in the special relationship between Turner and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. The two would later work mainly in piano-less settings, but here they are joined by pianist Brad Mehldau, who adds his advanced harmonic insight to the session. One could rightly bill the record as "Turner and Rosenwinkel with the Brad Mehldau Trio," as the rhythm section consists of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy, Mehldau's longtime collaborators. The disc boasts five strong Turner originals, including "Zurich," which would resurface on 2001's Dharma Days. (This version features guest tenorists Seamus Blake and Terrence Dean.) Rosenwinkel weighs in with "Cubism," a similar version of which he included on 2000s The Enemies of Energy. The two remaining non-Turner pieces are Mehldau's hard-swinging "Subtle Tragedy" and a bright five/four rendition of John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice." Yam Yam reveals much about the evolution of all these players, and is therefore well worth the attention of serious fans.” AllMusic Review by David R. Adler


              AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 4 / 5

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