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 Chris Turner, harmonica
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Harmonica on:
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What It Is

No Matter What 

This Is What They Call Love?

Getting Nothing But Old

Good Time Tonight 

Dr. Yazoo
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Chris and Rachel

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Chris on Stage with The One Hundredth Monkey
©1992 Laurie Grady
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   Ed:  Chris Turner is a unique and very talented stylist on all kinds of harmonicas, and is equally at home playing blues, various folk styles, as well as modern classical music. He has premiered and recorded orchestral peices composed for the harmonica, and has composed and transcribed others himself. Chris has also composed and performed an impressive number of scores for about 30 shows at Trinity Repertory Company over the years. He can also be found around the other side of the building in the Trinity Brewhouse on Wednesday nights. He can also be found somewhere in the city of Providence on most First Nights and on lots of other occasions, performing with one of his bands, or creating some avant garde musical event. His work is available on several recordings, including albums of his original music in several styles. He is utterly  brimming with musical fun every time he plays, and I feel so fortunate to have known him since he first arrived here from England in the early 70s. 

   Chis first recorded with me on Martin Grosswendt's album Dog On A Dance Floor(See the box below for that story.) More recently, he agreed to travel to the studio for a couple of sessions on my solo CDs, and the results speak for themselves. Thanks, Chris, it was a pleasure to work with you, as always. And then some!

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Chris Turner 
Plays With:
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Nee Ningy Band

The Last Minute Blues Band

The One Hundredth Monkey

The Repetos

The Whompers
 

   ALSO:

The Rhode Island Philharmonic

The Ocean State Chamber Orchestra
 

A Song - A Story

   Back in the late 70s, my friend, guitarist - fiddler - bassist - accordionist - mandolinist - dobroist, Martin Grosswendt invited me to play some piano and organ tracks on his album for Philo Records called Dog On A Dance Floor. To be included on that album, to my great honor, was a song I wrote called "Waltz Of The Lost Partner." The instrumentation for the song was piano, acoustic bass, cello, harmonica, triangle, and Martin's voice. Very simple. Chris Turner was called to play the harmonica track. I think it was his first recording session since arriving in the US from England. And his work was exquisite, the tone sad and plaintive, in keeping with the spirit of the song.

   Years passed. Chris and I never lost touch, but we never talked in detail about that session, or the song. Until the year 2001. Once again, I needed a harmonica player for a recording session, and Chris was available, to my delight. This time, it was for not one, but several songs that I had written, and this time, for my own CDs. Chris and I decided to squeeze in a little rehearsal time before going to Boston to record.

   Late that night, in between running songs, we got to talking about this and that, and we did get to talking about that first recording session that we had done together more than 20 years earlier. Mimi Fariña had died the week before, and I told Chris that the song we had done back then was scheduled to be recorded again on one of my new CDs, and asked if he knew that the song was about the Fariñas? He said, no, he never knew that. He said that was funny and asked me if I knew that just weeks prior to the Philo recording sessions for Martin's album, he had been working with Mimi, and had done concerts with her and an ensemble of friends in Boston and New York, and had gotten quite friendly with her. No, I hadn't known that, and of course, if I had known it, I would have told him about the Fariña connection with that song! And I certainly would have asked him to help me get a copy of the song to Mimi, which I was trying to do at the time!

   Well, the song is now called "Few That Know Me Well," but it's the same song, word for word, note for note. On my CD Big Book Of Love, we decided to go with an even simpler treatment, so there is no harmonica or cello this time, but Chris and I played the song together that night at his house, and for me that conversation and that musical sharing was one of those magical moments that musicians live for. Thanks Chris - I'm glad we found that connection. At first I thought it was spooky, but now I think it was more like what you might call grace.

   You know what? People don't talk enough! 

   -Ed Rashed

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