MPS Records: Joe Turner - Smashing Thirds / You Better Fly Away - Clarinet Summit Live (Release: September 8th, 2017)

Smashing Thirds by Joe Turner is an album that harkens back to an era when feel-good entertainment was an art form. Turner was acclaimed as 'the greatest living stride pianist' at the time of this 1969 trio recording

The second album re-issue You Better Fly Away – Clarinet Summit Live gives the clarinet its due. As Perry Robinson exclaimed, "We never had it so good!"

Joe Turner - Smashing Thirds //1969

One of the giants of Harlem Stride Piano, Joe Turner's name is mentioned in the same breath as stride legends James P. Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith (MPS album Music On My Mind), and "Fats" Waller. Turner first came to prominence in 1928 with alto sax great Benny Carter's Orchestra. Around the same time, he became friends with piano icon Art Tatum, occasionally sharing the stage with Tatum. Turner moved to Paris in 1962 where he played at La Calvados and toured throughout Europe, occasionally returning to the US. Turner was acclaimed as 'the greatest living stride pianist' at the time of this 1969 trio recording, and although his rhythm section is better known for their work with some of the biggest names in modern jazz, here bassist Hans Rettenbacher and drummer Stu Martin demonstrate they have more than a working knowledge of the music's history: they perfectly complement Turner's gorgeous play.

Line-Up: Joe Turner (piano), Johann Anton Rettenbacher (bass) Stu Martin (drums)

You Better Fly Away - Clarinet Summit //1980

During the Swing Era the clarinet was king. Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman led three of the most popular bands of the 30's and 40's, yet with the advent of bebop and small-group jazz, the saxophone commandeered the crown, and the clarinet found itself in exile. However, with the advent of the Avant-garde in the 1960's, a new generation of clarinetists steeped in the tradition, yet yearning to explore the outer limits of the music and their instruments, came to the fore. This live album from the 1979 Baden Baden New Jazz Meeting celebrates six of these adventurers. More

Line-Up: J.F. Jenny-Clark*, Kai Kanthak (Bass), Gianluigi Trovesi (Bass Clarinet), Bernd Konrad (Bass Clarinet, Clarinet [Contrabass]), John Carter (3), Perry Robinson, Theo Jörgensmann (Clarinet), Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky (Clarinet, Flute [Romanian]), Aldo Romano, Günter "Baby" Sommer* (Drums), Stan Tracey (Piano), Eje Thelin (Trombone), Didier Lockwood (Violin)

Release Date: September 8th, 2017
(2 months exclusively on iTunes. Subsequently available on all common download services.)
Mastered for iTunes // 24-bit-Transfer from original master tapes // produced by Dirk Sommer

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