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Summertime, and the Listening is Easy - 2001-08-14

Trombonist Steve Turre always makes sure there's something for everyone when he releases a new album. His latest, called TNT or Trombone 'N' Tenor, employs three different groups each with a well-known tenor saxophonist. Group one has James Carter, group two Dewey Redman, and group three David Sanchez. Group three is featured on their tribute to the late "King of Latin Jazz," Tito Puente, "Puente of Soul."

Trombones and saxophones also appear on the tribute album A Twist Of Marley, featuring a who's who of contemporary jazz players. Guitarist Lee Ritenour, a longtime admirer of Bob Marley, came up with the idea for the tribute when he recorded Marley's "Waiting In Vain" with singer Maxi Priest for his 1992 album Wes Bound. Also on board are jazzmen Michael Brecker, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright and Dave Grusin, and singers Patti Austin and Phil Perry. Bob Marley was 36 when he died of cancer in 1990.

Speaking of music legends, saxophonist John Coltrane has a new album out. Well, it isn't exactly new, but The Very Best Of John Coltrane contains one previously-unreleased track, the studio recording of "Impresssions." John Coltrane would have celebrated his 75th birthday next month, but a liver ailment ended his life at age 40 in 1967.

The Very Best Of John Coltrane has some of his most famous works, including "A Love Supreme", "Afro Blue", "My Favorite Things", and for the first time ever, the long-lost studio version of "Impressions." Recorded on June 20, 1962, it features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and John Coltrane on tenor sax.

Meet the Philadelphia Experiment, an avante-garde jazz group led by pianist Uri Caine, drummer Ahmir Thompson and bassist Christian McBride. Their self-titled debut album pays tribute to Philadelphia jazz masters Grover Washington, Junior, Sun Ra and Eddie Green. But other influences from pop and rock to R&B and soul are also acknowledged including Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man."