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"A must have. You will not be disappointed!"

I don’t think Brad Turner’s Quartet has put out a bad album. I’m sure if you asked Brad he would cringe at a few things about his earlier recordings like any musician who listens to their early stuff. There will be absolutely no cringing by anybody now or ever about his latest release on Maximum Jazz, Small Wonder. Anchored by Dylan van der Schyff’s propulsive and creative drumming, Andre Lachance’s ultra creative and sensitive bass lines, Bruno Hubert’s quirky and completely unique piano stylings and of course the leader’s incredibly melodic and complex trumpet playing. Small Wonder is a complete album as you will hear. Great sound, great playing, great compositions and great design! This is a must have. You will not be disappointed! (The Scene, CoryWeeds.ca) - The Scene, CoryWeeds.ca


"# 1 Album at Jazz Radio"

Small Wonder
#1 Album at Canadian Jazz Radio for
3 straight weeks
on both Chartattack and Earshot charts!
(Dec 2007 & Jan 2008) - ChartAttack & Earshot Charts


"One of the Top Trumpeters in Jazz"

"One of the Top Trumpeters in Jazz today." - Downbeat, 2007 - Downbeat Magazine


"Eight Evocative Orginals"

Jazz renaissance man Brad Turner sticks to trumpet and flugelhorn on this recently released CD. He's ably backed by his Vancouver-based trio of pianist Bruno Hubert, bassist André Lachance and drummer Dylan Van der Schyff on a repertoire of eight of Turner's evocative originals.

Crisply recorded at CBC Studio 2 in Vancouver, the session showcases Turner's flawless technique and boundless imagination on a varied collection of tightly wound tunes driven by the leader's excellent backing band.

They've been together for 14 years, and you can hear it on every track. Lachance and Van
der Schyff's loping rhythmic propulsion is pushed along by Hubert's thoughtful keyboard accents, while Turner burns an intense narrative through his tune's playful changes.

- Joseph Blake, Times Colonist - Joseph Blake, Times Colonist


"Horn At It's Purest"

4 Stars!

Brad Turner plays many instruments, but he sticks to his first love, the trumpet, on Small Wonder, Turner's latest release fronting his Vancouver quartet with Bruno Hubert on piano, Andre
Lachance on bass and Dylan van der Schyff on drums.

The program of eight Turner originals launches with Scuffle, an up-tempo number on which
the leader plays a forward-driving solo, Hubert divides and fractures the pulse, and van der Schyff channels late percussion great Tony Williams on drums. Van der Schyff is also prominent
on Punchy, where the band's rhythmic phrases are interspersed with drum fills.

The leader, who works flugelhorn into the mix, has a commanding voice on all numbers. 70
Mile begins with lyrical horn and bass in open time before settling into a mid-tempo groove,
and Turner spends time in the upper range, alternating single-note runs and held notes before the song's minimalist ending. He's more aggressive on The Redeye, which has a bebop
tempo but without the frantic, busy nature of most bop tunes.

This is small-combo playing in its purest form. Special mention goes to Claire Lawrence for
his pin-point production. - Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun


"Smart, Spirited, Straight-Ahead"

Canadian Brad Turner's band plays a program of eight tunes by its leader. Small Wonder
presents subtle explorations within mainstream acoustic jazz. The opener "Scuffle" combines
smart arranging with spirited, straight-ahead blowing. Turner's horn at first recalls Dave
Douglas or Ralph Alessi, and Bruno Hunert's repeated piano lines serve as a potent echo of
Pat Martino's fetching "Noshufuru". "Scuffle" serves the classic introduction to everything in
its wake, namely deft playing surrounded by creative charts.

This is classical jazz with longer forms. Each player - including André Lachance and drummer
Dylan Van der Schyff – sublimely attunes to an ensemble sound that allows one's imagination
to take over. On the title track, another medium-tempo swinger, the song eventually
takes off with Hubert's relaxed solo, his spare lines allowing he gliding groove to be felt.
Turner gets the effect of a mute with his open horn, blowing gentle and delicate. Unlike
Alessi and Douglas, Turner's playing tends toward cool throughout, subverting what might
be outward-bound chops. "70 Mile," "Remberings" and "Mourning Song" offer vivid examples
of this in a more balladic form. - Downbeat Magazine


"Mark Miller"

"He's a kind of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett all rolled into one...one of those musicians who can make his presence felt within the sound of a few notes." - Globe & Mail


"Brad Turner Is A Triple Threat!"

Canadian artist Brad Turner is a triple threat: a pianist, trumpeter and drummer, he has developed a significant reputation over the past eight years with artists including roots music specialists Zubot & Dawson, avant cellist Peggy Lee and the elastically-timed fusion group Metalwood. A two-time winner of the National Jazz Awards “Composer of the Year” as well as “Jazz Trumpeter of the Year,” he has also won numerous Juno awards, the Canadian version of the Grammy. For an artist to emerge in such a relatively short time and garner such critical acclaim would certainly suggest someone worth investigating! - All About Jazz


Discography

Discograhy...an overview...
Brad Turner Quartet - Small Wonder
Brad Turner Trio - Question The Answer
Brad Turner Quartet - Live at the Cellar
Brad Turner Quartet - There and Back
Metalwood - Chronic
Metalwood - The Recline
Metalwood - Metalwood Live
Metalwood - Metalwood 3
Metalwood - Metalwood 2
Metalwood - Metalwood
The Peggy Lee Band - The Peggy Lee Band
The Peggy Lee Band - Sounds from the Big House
Christine Jensen - Collage
Dave Robbins Sextet - At the Mark
Mike Allen - One Side of a Circle
Zubot and Dawson - Tractor Parts
The Hard Rubber Orchestra - Cruel Yet Fair
Chris Gestrin - Stillpoint
Diversions - American Prophecy
Bruno Hubert Trio - Get Out of Town
Elaschuk/Ryga Quartet - Any Answers?
Sharon Minemoto Quintet - Side A
Brian Lynch Quartet - Fuchsia/Red
D.D. Jackson - Suite for New York

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Small Wonder is the quartet's fifth release and a return to the recording studio environment; where past recordings may have reflected the more improvisational group concept that the quartet has become known for, Small Wonder revisits the structured realm of specifically composed pieces by Brad with each band member in mind. “You can’t be Serious” was written for Bruno, “70 Mile” for André, and “Punchy” for Dylan, and the aptly titled "Small Wonder" was written for Brad's two young boys.

Recipient of "Trumpeter" and "Producer of The Year" honours at the 2008 National Jazz Awards, Brad is one of Canada's most-in-demand musicians and has performed or recorded with Joe Lovano, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Murley, P.J. Perry, Pat LaBarbara, and Phil Nimmons. His groups have opened for such artists as McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Terence Blanchard, Clark Terry and Diana Krall.

Winner of Jazz Report magazine’s Trumpeter of the Year award for 1999 and Jazz Composer of the Year for 1998 and 2001, Brad can be heard leading a number of different groups including the Brad Turner Trio and the Brad Turner Quartet.

Additional artistic awards and merits include:
• Two time Composer of the Year Award winner at the National Jazz Awards
• Multiple Western Canadian Music Award Winner (Brad Turner Quartet & Metalwood)
• Three Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (Metalwood)
• CMW Indie Award Winner (Brad Turner Quartet)
• Downbeat Electric Group of the Year Award (Metalwood)
• In addition to being named Musician of The Year, Brad received an unprecedented 5 additional nominations at the 2005 National Jazz Awards including:
- Acoustic Group of the Year (Brad Turner Quartet)
- Album of the Year: Question The Answer (Brad Turner Quartet)
- Instrumentalist of the Year
- Keyboardist of the Year
- Trumpeter of the Year

In 2006 Brad was awarded the coveted Canada Council Victor Lynch-Staunton Prize for excellence in musical achievement.