This morning I had a craving for something old. I was looking for the type of music that should be played on vinyl, but I wanted a new artist. I hit play on Chris Turner’s Monk Tape. For months it’s been a go-to when I need to chill out a bit. Selfish of me to hold onto this for so long, I know. But it’s here now and I think you should listen.
If you’re unfamiliar with Turner, he’s an Oakland grown musician who has shared stage with Bilal, been featured on BET’s Music Matters, and is one part of the awesome group ERIMAJ. The Monk Tape is an EP of jazz classics (including “God Bless the Child” and “Ain’t Misbehavin”) released right before Turner hit the road to tour with Esperanza Spalding. More than a collection of covers, it gives a look at what influences Chris Turner’s original work and his ability to put his own touch on a track.
I’m guessing that his travels and growing family have inspired new music, but for now sit and vibe with this.
Bonus: Chris Turner and Rene Del Fierro’s acoustic cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You and I”