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Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with Al Turner “The Burner”

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Name:
Al Turner “The Burner”

Born In What City:
Detroit, MI

Current Band(s) I Play With:
Earl Klugh (Music Director/Bassist for 22 years), KEM (Music Director/Bassist for 12 years)

Former Bands I Have Played With:
Bob James, Oleta Adams, Cheryl Lynn and many others.
(Please see website/discography  www.alturner.com)

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:
Al Turner “It’s Good To Have Friends”, Al Turner “Movin”, Al Turner “Sunny Days”, Al Turner “Simply Amazing”, as well as many, many, many more. (Please see website/discography  www.alturner.com)

The Way I Play Bass:
I am a very well rounded bassist. I have toured and recorded with many great artist in the music industry.

Here are a few quotes from artist that I have worked with:

  • It is always a big treat to make music with The Burner! He lights up the stage with his energy, & superb musicianship. I treasure our long term friendship.” – Jazz Legend Bob James
  • “Mr Turner Holds it Down! Locks it up RIGHT & TIGHT within the rhythm section… But Still Brings his own Melodic Virtuosity into the mix… was Always a Pleasure to share the stage with u Brother! ABXO” – Anita Baker
  • “Al Turner “The Burner” is clearly doing what God sent him here to do. You can feel it, hear it and see in every performance. World-class musician and an inspiring human being. The baddest bass player in America.” – R&B Sensation KEM
  • “One of the baddest bass players on the planet. Al plays with a feel and melodic sense that is beyond words. He truly is “The Burner.” – Grammy Award Winning Producer Barry Eastmond

Why I Decided to Play Bass:
I wanted to play drums as a young child growing up in Detroit during the 60’s. My parents did not want the noise of a drum set, so my older brother suggested that I should play bass guitar. I saved my paper route money and purchased a Kimberly Bass Guitar from a local electronics store in Detroit.

My Musical Influences:
Motown, James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, Anthony Jackson, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Jaco, Stanley Clark, Larry Grahm, Louis Johnson, Marcus Miller, Ralph Armstrong, Lamont Johnson, John Patitucci, Paul Chambers, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and I could go on and on.

My Favorite Musical Styles:
Jazz, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Rock

My Basses:
Ken Smith 5 & 6-String Basses, Sadowsky 5-String Basses, Fender 4-String Jazz Basses, BSX Allegro Electric Upright

My Amps and Other Gear:
Aguilar, ISP Technologies Preamp, Reunion Blues, 1964 Ears, Scarbee

I am Endorsed By:
Ken Smith, Sadowsky, Aguilar, ISP Technologies, Reunion Blues, 1964 Ears, Scarbee, BSX

The Best Bass Advice I Have Ever Received:
Always listen and be open to new ideas. Make the music groove and feel good!

Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
Give Love and do unto others, as you would have them do unto you!

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
All of them!

Dream Gig:
Herbie Hancock

Best NAMM Moment:
My first NAMM Show in 1986, seeing and meeting a lot of the players that I listen to and admire.

Most Embarrassing Moment on Stage:
Tripping over a stage monitor.

Favorite Tip to Share on Traveling With Your Bass:
Have a very protective gig bag or case and be ready to gate check it if traveling on small planes with limited overhead space. Also, when traveling overseas I use a heavy-duty road case and check my bass.

What Would I Be Doing If I Weren’t a Musician:
Maybe an engineer.

Here’s What I Have Coming Up This Year:
Continue touring with Earl Klugh, KEM and promoting my latest record “Simply Amazing”.

Find Me Online:

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

Visit Online:

www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner…

I am pretty sure that everyone is aware of Malcom-Jamal Warner’s work as an actor. What may be less known is his work as a director, poet, musician, and most importantly for us, a bass player. With four albums of his own, Grammy nominations and wins, as well as a sizable amount of ongoing live gigs, Malcolm is dedicating a serious amount of his attention to his music.

Join me as we hear about Malcom’s musical journey, projects, his gear choices, and plans for the future.

Here is Malcom-Jamal Warner!

Photos: Dwain Govan @dwain_go / Conrad Montgomery Mckethan @eyeconimages

Visit Online:

malcolmjamalwarner.com
IG @malcolmjamalwar
Twitter @malcolmjamalwar 
Facebook: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project…

Time really flies when you are having fun! Just over a decade ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michel “Labex” Labaki for our July 2013 cover.

At that time, much of our conversation concerned his personal approach to bass playing and his techniques. Fast forward to now and I am pleased to discover Michel’s new endeavor, the Labex Funk Project.

Join me as we meet the band:
Kynion Lanier on vocals
Pablo Batista on percussion
Jake Brightman on Guitar
Daniel Gonzalez on Drums
And Michel “Labex”Labaki on bass

As a bonus, we have the band’s producer Phillippe Dib in on this video chat as well.

Here is the Labex Funk Project!

Visit online:

michellabaki.com
www.facebook.com/MichelLabexLabaki/
www.instagram.com/michellabaki
www.youtube.com/c/MichelLabaki
FB @LabexFunkProject
IG @ Labex Funk Project

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

Bassist Tony Newton…

I am always learning new details about Bass history when I get the opportunity to talk with seasoned players like Tony Newton. Tony, a Detroit native, came up in the golden years of Motown and laid down the low end for countless performers and studio sessions; he has performed on over 25 gold and platinum hit recordings.

As time went by, and the whole Detroit scene dwindled, Tony relocated to LA where he worked a busy schedule, even going back to school to learn about music theory and composition.

Over the years he performed on many historic hit recordings and tours with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson(music Director), the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Funk Brothers and more, as well as working with veteran rock guitarist, Gary Moore in the British group G-Force.

Presently, Tony is super busy and on the verge of releasing a movie titled “Mars Quest” among his numerous other projects.

Join me as we get to enjoy all the history and knowledge that Tony has to share along with the details about his new Signature bass from BITE Guitars named “The  Punchtown Bass”.

Here is Tony Newton…

Photos: Mary K. Brand, Mitch Snyder, Haneefa Karrim, Hans Adamsen

Visit Online:

tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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