Get Into Chris Turner’s ‘Monk Tape’

Since first appearing on the scene in 2010 with his '70s-inspired debut single, "Liquid Love," Chris Turner has made it a point to pay homage to the music and artists that inspired him. Whether he was tackling a Stevie Wonder or Sly Stone cover, his reverence to yesteryear's soul music has been clear. On his latest offering, he looks to the past once more, this time tapping into his jazz roots. On the Monk Tape: NY Session, Turner gives a musical nod to such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Fats Waller, to name a few. Backed by drummer Jamire Williams, bassist Burniss Travis and pianist Jon Notar, Turner's nimble voice glides effortlessly over jazz standards like "My Foolish Heart," "You Stepped Out of a Dream," and "Ain't Misbehavin' (For You)." And while Turner promises a full-length jazz product further down the line, his priority is to put the finishing touches to his highly-anticipated debut project, LoveCHILD. Though the first 200 downloads are available free-of-charge on his Bandcamp page, he's allowing fans to set their own price for any download after that, with proceeds from Monk Tape going towards mixing and mastering of the album.


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