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Eddie Turner
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(NorthernBlues NBM0027)

From Otis Taylor's band and most recent CDs, comes singer/songwriter/guitarist Eddie Turner. However, his hazy modernism couldn't be further from Taylor's dark folklore. Turner was born in Cuba, and raised in Chicago. In the early '70s, he moved to the Rockies to attend University. Since music appealed to him far more than academia, Turner became absorbed in the local scene. A claim to fame arose when he landed the lead guitarist spot in Zephyr. When things didn't work out, he found himself working as a realtor. In '95, he hooked up with Taylor.
Using drums that sound like a marching Cadet band, Turner's debut album's title track explodes with passion, intensity and fire. Suddenly, you are transfixed into another place and time. With acoustic guitars and loop programming, the all-instrumental "The River" is old and new. The spacey track will appeal to the digital age's mainstream audience. Hendrix influences resound in Turner's new world guitar. However, on "The Wind Cries Mary", Turner's robust voice proves to be his greatest asset. On "Gangster Of Love", heavy funk meets R&B and asks psychedelic rock to join the dance. "Play It Cool" is as close to the blues as things get. On this deafening Freddie King tune, Turner pitches his guitar notes and sends them twisting, burning and curving. "Sin" and "Privileged Life" are ultra-cool, and show us a world that many listeners cannot or will not penetrate. Both songs include arrangements and vocal styling popular on urban, contemporary black radio. "Was it my blackness or the color of my skin," boldly questions Turner on the latter. Many other lyrics contain spiritual analogies.
Turner's forward-thinking music is blues-based, but it is ultra-modern and contains psychedelic rock. It is as relevant now as Derek And The Dominos' debut must have been in 1970. Among 12 songs, three alluring instrumentals will intoxicate the straightest of the sober. Whether you were looking for a mind-altering experience or not, that is the state you will find yourself when these 43-minutes conclude. Without trying to attract a new audience, Turner will, undoubtedly, do just that. This is a stunning album, and the dawn of a new musical force and presence. The secret of Eddie Turner has been revealed. He could crossover as easily and quickly as Robert Randolph.
- Tim Holek, South West Blues Magazine

 


 

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