Steve Greenbaum | Taking a Turn

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Taking a Turn

by Steve Greenbaum

Beautiful acoustic jazz inspired by Pat Metheny and the ECM Records sound. Received a "Best Jazz Recording" Wammie award nomination.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Liquid Blue
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2. Outbound
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3. Emily's Song
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4. Taking a Turn
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5. November Unfolding
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6. Tryst
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7. A Flower from Budapest (Virag)
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8. The Road Calls
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9. Missouri Stars
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10. Whisper/Listen
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Album Notes
Beautiful acoustic jazz inspired by Pat Metheny and the ECM Records sound. Built around an unorthodox acoustic guitar style, Greenbaum's compositions are tasteful, warm and inviting and are characterized by their strong imagery and delicate passion. Unrushed tempos and subtle melodies leave ample space for inspired improvisation by his sidemen on trumpet, sax, piano, and harmonica (Fred Yonnet).

Greenbaum's musical influences are evident throughout the disc. The album's liner notes salute the Grammy Award winning album 'Beyond the Missouri Sky', by Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden. The influence of that recording is most evident on 'November Unfolding', which is a poignant acoustic guitar piece with an acoustic bass accompaniment.

'Outbound' blends jazz and a western tinged motif to provide a Frisell-like, Americana feel to the song. Reportedly, seeing Toots Thielman in concert during the project sparked the use of a harmonica on this song. 'Tryst', one of the most upbeat and melodic tracks on the disk highlights the musicianship of the group and provides a nice contrast to the slower tracks on the disc. Other highpoints include the title track, 'Taking A Turn' and the soulful trumpet on the opening track, 'Liquid Blue'.

Nominated for a Wammie Award for "Best Jazz Recording"

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a sleeper
I found the music less than captivating or all that Metheny-ish. It's mellow for sure and perhaps good for a bedtime precusor or studying for the LSAT or GRE. Some of the tracks are more innovative and worthy of a good listen, others are just that listenable.

Byron L Stein

A real asset to the music of Annardale and Collins
I love this CD. I can sit for hours and never get tired of this wonderful music. A true work of Art.

staffan sjoberg

laid back is the word!
As I said, laid back is the word. Music to listen to while sipping drinks when the sun sets. And just acoustic music, no eletricity. Great.


A true gem! Very original, highly enjoyable music.
A true gem! Very original, highly enjoyable music. Too bad I can't listen to it right now - my coworkers are borrowing it...


Smooth and elegant. Soulful and moving.
Smooth and elegant. Soulful and moving. Glad I was turned onto this CD. Will it get radio time? It should.

Seth G.

Warm textures of accoustic guitar layered with a smart variety of instrumentation make this CD one that is most enjoyable.


This album is definitely one you want to have in your collection. My most favourite song was Virag.

Ed R.

An Essential Addition to Any Collection of CDs
Although the entire CD is outstanding, I am particulary fond of Taking a Turn, Tryst, Flower From Budapest. The CD is outstanding both from musical and technical standpoint. My wife and I spend many Evenings and Sunday mornings with 'Taking a Turn' playing in the background. I almost feel as though I know the artist.


I work in a coffee shop and this CD was sent to the store as a promotional item from a music magazine. We play it all the time since it is really mellow and fits our shop especially later in the evening. Anyway I really like it and finally broke down and bought one for myself.


A real turn
This album really takes a turn. It travels among a lot of beautiful feelings & impressions. Simply Great!