Turn Around Norman's debut album “We Turn Around” highlights three distinct compositional personalities who draw influences from vastly different places. Saxophonist Collins contributions (Chronograph Hesperidium, Pirate Issue Pataphysics, and Fin) draw heavy influence from movie scores and leave the band ample room for exploration through group improvisation and interaction. Pianist Wright's compositions (Transparency I & II, Consolations, and Awakening) are influenced by 20th century American Minimalists Steve Reich and John Adams and focus on repetitive themes and cells that once introduced are deconstructed, permuted, and recomposed, giving the listener multiple perspectives of the same theme. In contrast, Hopkins' offerings (We Turn Around, and Where the Eff Is Jon?) owe more to experimental indie, math rock, and metal as well as bands like Human Feel, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, and Naked City which contribute an intense energy and hard edge to the album. When put together on record their compositional styles don't clash, but compliment one another in a band sound that's been labeled “epic jazz.”
We Turn Around” was recorded live at Dubway Studios (David Byrne, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys) in full takes with minimal editing. The album expertly re-creates TAN's live energy, but with the high-quality audio of a studio session. The result is a convincing mixture of diverse forward-thinking composition, conservatory virtuosity, and Baltimore's improv-scene strangeness.
released June 7, 2011
Turn Around Norman is:
JJ Wright-Piano & Wurlitzer
Recorded March 11 & 12, 2010 by Steven Schappler at Dubway Studios NY, NY
Mixed by Steven Schappler and Turn Around Norman at Thump Studios Brooklyn, NY and Dubway Studios NY, NY
Mastered by Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms in Brooklyn, NY