When: Thu., July 21, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., July 22, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., July 23, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., July 24, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2016
Trombonist Steve Turre has quietly become an eminence grise of mainstream jazz, a veteran with unerring instincts who brings elegance, bluesiness, and rhythmic sophistication to just about everything he touches. He shows off his skills on the recent Colors for the Masters (Smoke Sessions), a crisp and satisfying quartet recording that finds the veteran at ease among three of his peers: pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Jimmy Cobb (saxophonist Javon Jackson joins the front line on four tunes). The title is meant as an acknowledgment to his bandmates, but it also applies to the likes of J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, and Jimmy Cleveland, trombonists in the classic tradition Turre carries forward. The record presents no surprises—you’re ready for that trademark solo on the conch shell, and originals like “JoCo Blue” have the classic veneer of Blue Note sides made by Turre's heroes in the late 50s. For this Chicago engagement he performs with a crew of locals who can locate that same aesthetic with pinpoint accuracy: bassist Larry Gray, pianist Willie Pickens, and drummer Greg Artry.