may not know his name, but chances are if you’ve
purchased any smooth jazz or R&B music in the last couple
of years, you’ve heard Al “The Burner” Turner
play. Al, an experienced sideman, takes his bass and
moves front and center and offers a mix of funky grooves,
easy melodies, and R&B flavors.
The first song, “Stop Watch,” features Everette
Harp on the soprano sax. Al thumps his bass and trades
licks with Harp. Together they turn this song into
a toe-tapping groove fest. “I’ll Follow
You” is an easier, more laid back kind of a melody. It
features Randy Scott on saxophone. His playing effortlessly
compliments Turner’s bass. With this song, the
bass becomes the voice and it’s almost as if Turner
is making it sing on this track. On “Movin,’” Al
shows how he earned his nickname and shows off just a little
bit of the burn with some of his bass work.
There are several vocal tunes on this CD, and Al slips back
into the sideman mode to let the vocalists take center stage.
Earl Klugh is not only the inspiration for “Te Queiro,” but
he is featured on it as well. Turner and Klugh play
off one another like the pros that they are. This song
is smooth, mellow, and easily my favorite of the CD. “Dreamin’” and “Paradise” are
also two solid smooth jazz tunes which highlight Turner’s
easy going style; both very easy tracks to listen to and
Al Turner has been a part of this musical community for
many years. He’s backed some of the best musicians
in the business. With his first solo CD, now they get
to back him. Al Turner knows It’s
Good to Have Friends – talented friends.
- Mary Bentley