Rainbow People (HighNote Records)

Steve Turre

Released May 6, 2008

Top 10 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll 2008

AllMusic Favorite Jazz Albums 2008






Steve Turre is widely considered to be the finest jazz trombonist in the world. In addition to his twenty-plus years of service in the Saturday Night Live Band, he has performed with a virtual who’s who of legendary jazz musicians, both as a leader and a sideman. His music is always diverse, challenging, and passionate. His fourteenth studio album, Rainbow People, features a stellar all-star band including keyboard wizard Mulgrew Miller, the exciting alto sax of Kenny Garret in addition to the Sean Jones on trumpet and the heart-pounding percussion of Mario Bauza protégée, Ignacio Berroa.

Track Listing:

1. Rainbow People 8:40

2. Forward Vision 5:59

3. Brother Ray 9:04

4. Groove Blues 5:51

5. Midnight in Madrid 8:47

6. Cleopatra’s Needle 4:12

7. Search for Peace 8:15

8. Segment 5:29

9. Para El Comandante 8:49


Steve Turre: trombone, shells (9)

Kenny Garrett: alto saxophone (1, 4, 8, 9)

Sean Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn (2, 5, 9)

Mulgew Miller: piano

Peter Washington: bass

Ignacio Berroa: drums

Pedro Martinez: percussion (9)

Recorded December 6 – 7, 2007, at Knoop Studios, River Edge, NJ

Produced by Steve Turre

Executive Producer: Joe Fields

Engineered by Manfred Knoop

Mixed by David Stoller

Mastered by Kevin Blackler

Cover Artwork by Ramsess

Photography by Gene Martin

Design by Littlefield & Co.


From Rahsaan Roland Kirk to Ray Charles to Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner and Tito Puente, Steve Turre’s musical family is a rainbow of the highest order. Whether in the studio or onstage, the trombonist always takes music to a righteous level. For this year’s Rainbow People, Turre mixes it up with Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington, Ignacio Berroa, Sean Jones and Pedro Martinez. The title track is just one of nine bright moments from one of 2008’s best albums.

Gary Walker (npr)