Three Is A Charm

On In the Spur of the Moment, trombonist and conch shell master Steve Turre meets up with three rhythm sections and gets bluesy, fiery results from each.

First up is "The Blues in Jazz" segment, featuring four tracks with Turre's former employer Ray Charles on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Turre's brother Peter, another Charles alum, on drums. On "Misty," Charles digs deep with a swinging blues-drenched solo, followed by a snarling, growling mute trombone solo by the leader. This one cut is worth the price of the disc.

The next three tunes compose the "Modern and Modal" segment, with longtime Turre cohort Stephen Scott on piano, Buster Williams on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. This band burns through the title cut (RealAudio excerpt) and a sublime medley of Ellington's "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me/Five O'Clock Drag." Turre's behind the beat, full-toned horn meshes beautifully with the all-star rhythm section.

Turre brings in the ultimate Latin jazz ensemble for the last three cuts. Pianist Chucho Valdés, bassist Andy Gonzalez and percussionist Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez push their leader to hit sharp, pointed notes on the soaring "Sueño de la Habana" (RealAudio excerpt). Hernandez sounds like he has six arms on the percolating closer "Descarga Ahora."