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“Otherworldly”, “scorching”, “polyrhythmic” and “chilling” have all
been used to describe Eddie Turner’s guitar playing. His ethereal style
is an amalgam of the Afro-Cuban rhythms of his heritage and the music
that influenced him as a teenager: Chicago Blues, jazz, R&B and
psychedelic rock. The Cuban-born singer/guitarist cut his teeth in
several rock bands contributing what Slate magazine describes as
“spacey-yet-resounding solos.” Now he emerges for the first time as his
own bandleader on Rise, which arrives in stores in February, 2005.
Yet, some people just refuse to “grow up”. A decade later, when Eddie was invited to join the Ron Miles electric band led by one of the country’s premier trumpeteers, he jumped at the chance. Then, in 1995 he rounded out the Otis Taylor Band adding what Guitar Player magazine describes as “otherworldly atmospherics (which) lend a decidedly cosmic ambience to Taylor’s sound.” Enhancing the spice and flavor of the trio, Eddie recorded five groundbreaking CDs, and toured the U.S. and Europe extensively.
Today, Turner evolves as an artist with his first solo effort, Rise. Produced by Kenny Passarelli, Rise showcases Eddie’s vocals and songwriting. Running the gamut from blistering guitar rock to the gospel-tinged, the 12-song disc dazzles with the chops and techniques Turner has developed over the course of his unusual, genre-melding career. Rise is evolutionary music - and quite grown up, indeed.