Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Charles Turner Dreamers Sound On Purpose Records 2014

Charles Turner is the real deal, a rising star with mad skills and a voice to match!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Male jazz vocals are an exclusive fraternity where it would seem only a major label deal will grant one admittance, Charles Turner may just change the lyrical landscape and in short order. The debut release Dreamers is an evenly split release between eclectic standards and old school originals with a deceptively subtle contemporary presentation. In short, if Nat King Cole were making records today they may sound something like this.
The band is top drawer anchored by producer and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. Pianist Takeshi Obayashi and bassist Noam Weissenberg round out a killer rhythm section. Critically acclaimed saxophonist Craig Handy and flugelhorn artist Benny Benack make cameos adding well placed flavor on such tunes as "You and I" and "Dreamers." Standards such as "Just One of Those Things" and "Honeysuckle Rose" are banged out with flair and an elegant charm that is as organic as it is forward thinking. Turner compositions "You and I" and "Is It Love" sound like tunes waiting in the on deck circle of the Great American Songbook.
While most debut releases from vocalists both male and female are a strong indication as to why you will soon find them belting out Cole Porter at the local Marriott, Charles Turner is one of the more promising vocalist to come along in the last five years. Charles Turner is far from a singer but instead a vocal artist creating vivid melodic images through song. A cool elegance, a quiet sophistication and magnificent timing have Charles Turner as a new artist whose musical stock in an arrow pointing straight up!
Tracks: Beautiful Friendship; When You're In Love; Bluesette; Dreamers; Just One Of Those Things; Blame It On Youth; In Or Out; You And I; Honeysuckle Rose; Is It Love.