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Sometimes, when life takes an unexpected turn, you’re lucky enough to find what is important to you. Steve Greenbaum did just that when his life took a sudden change of direction. Inspired and with newfound time on his hands, Steve began focusing more of his time on writing music. The result is Taking a Turn. What started out as a solo acoustic guitar project influenced by Pat Metheny and the ECM Records sound, evolved into one of the most interesting releases of the year.

Taking a Turn’s compositions are tasteful, warm and inviting and are characterized by their delicate passion and strong imagery. His unorthodox acoustic guitar playing is at the heart of these songs. Unrushed tempos and subtle melodies leave ample space for inspired improvisation by his jazz sidemen on trumpet, sax, piano, and harmonica.

Steve has been developing his sound since he first heard the guitar playing of Pat Metheny and Larry Coryell in college. Intrigued, he followed the trail of Metheny’s side projects and discovered recordings by John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell and others. Also around this time, Steve discovered the acoustic finger-style guitar playing of Michael Hedges and Adrian Legg. Amazed that music from a single guitar could be so captivating, Steve became motivated to focus his own playing on the acoustic guitar. Having previously experimented with alternate guitar tunings, Hedges’ and Legg’s extensive use of alternate tunings, pushed him to explore further. These new tunings led to the writing of Taking a Turn.

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  • jakeyboy100

    Humm, why is it that the world tries to fit everything into neat little boxes. What is jazz anyway? Who cares, really. Isn't the point of Last.FM to discover music you might like, but might otherwise never get a chance to hear? I'm new to Last.FM. I usually use Pandora. I discovered Steve Greenbaum on Pandora and I'm glad I did. I like the quieter guitar tracks, especially Missouri Stars. Is that jazz, I don't know and I don't care. My tastes are extremely eclectic anyway.

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • gakko

    12.686 listeners for this? Wow, this guy must have been linking his tracks with a hell of a nerve! That´s a lot more than let´s say Jaki Byard 3.431 listeners or Booker Ervin with 7,605 listeners. Sorry for asking, but where´s the jazz here?

    9 May 2009 Reply

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