Picks and Pans Review: Right There

updated 12/23/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/23/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Steve Turre

Trombonist Turre found his album title when his young daughter, just learning to talk, would point to things she liked and say, emphatically, "Right there!"

He chose well. Invigorating and multifaceted, Turre's fourth album as a leader joins many jazz streams—Ellington, Latin music, a progressive use of shifting time signatures, unusual instrumentation and challenging rhythms—into a cohesive and superbly played suite of affirmations. A Californian, 43-year-old Turre came to New York City in 1973 with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and has developed into one of the most accomplished and distinctive trombonists of his generation. On this album his front line of trombone, violin (the veteran John Blake, in fine fettle) and cello (his wife, Akua Dixon Turre, who also arranges and contributes sensuous vocals on two cuts) generates a delightful combination of heft and skittering sizzle.

Turre's artistry on his instrument is especially evident on Ellington's Echoes of Harlem, a duet with cello in which his sighs, moans and wah-wahs turn the 'bone into a creature both sinuous and insinuating, a slithering eel in a zoot suit. (Antilles)

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