The Turner Diaries - Eddie Turner - Reviews

 

The Turner Diaries

 

"It's been a while since I reviewed Eddie's last album, Rise, and it has been a wait with baited breath for this latest offering. Eddie shows that he has lost none of his power with the opener, Dangerous. Turner likes to push the boundaries and this chugging blues rock with its undercurrent of menace is what I imagine Jimi Hendrix would have been playing nowadays. This is followed by So Many Roads, a sleepy blues with echoed vocals, offset drums and a funky solo. Eddie returns to blues rock for Cost Of Freedom, a busy song in the classic style before turning to acoustic guitar for I'm A Man I'm A Man. Eddie Turner is not your classic bluesman but does like to be an innovator. However, the traditional style is still in his mind and he builds this song up so well. He turns all mean and moody again for Save My Life, a blues based rocker with wailing guitar. Confessions is a slide guitar laden instrumental packed with fuzz and distortion that cements Eddie Turners reputation as one of the finest blues guitarists around.

"The mood of euphoria with what has gone before is slightly changed with the somewhat disappointing
New Day. It is weak and wishy-washy and not like Turner at all. He's back on form with the hypnotic Shake 4 Me and it's full of blues innuendos - how does he keep it up! Pomade is a slowish blues instrumental with Eddie's trademark guitar and Jody, a medium paced R&B with insipid female backing does not set the heather on fire. The eponymous title track starts off as a samba then goes into a blues rock but the samba drums remain in the background throughout. He closes with a swinging version of the classic I'm Tore Down and this is the highlight of the set and goes to show that it's the simple ones that often go down best. Eddie Turner is certainly in the premier league of modern blues guitarists."

- David Blue
NetRhythms.co.uk
September, 2006 

 
   

"Turner's sophomore solo release, coming just a year after his first album, stays in the same groove as his well received 2005 offering. That album nabbed a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut and this one is just as impressive. Maybe he's making up for lost time since the guitarist has been at it as a sideman for three decades starting with his work in the legendary Zephyr. But whatever the reason, this is another gripping slab of searing, imaginative blues rock. Detractors will likely peg the singer/guitarist as yet another Hendrix clone, but despite the eerie vocal similarities, there is far more going on here. Most of the personnel from the first disc contribute their talents including producer/bassist Kenny Passarelli and drummer Mark Clarke. But this is very much Turner's show as he shifts from fluid, electric guitar raveups to the more spooky, slinky vibe of "I'm a Man, I'm a Man." An underlying voodoo funk consumes the album, infusing a slithery and rather dark intensity to this blues based material. It's similar to the ominous feel that pervades the work of Turner's longtime associate Otis Taylor. Fiery percussion drives the title track and gospel female background vocals add a religious slap to the song's edgy and passionate tale of redemption. Little of this disc is straight ahead blues, but the genre is never far away in the mix, especially on the slower riff grind of the instrumental "Pomade." Turner plays like a caged tiger before mealtime, pacing and building his taut solos to crescendos and overdubbing himself to striking effect. Although he shares lots of Hendrix's singing tics, it's obvious he's no mere second rate copy, either vocally or instrumentally. A few tracks such as "Jody" reign his style into feisty pop melodies, but most songs shapeshift from spacey to muscular as Turner leads them with his quicksilver guitar. A terrific followup to Rise that even bests it at times, The Turner Diaries is a stunning example of how a seemingly lifelong backing musician can step up, even later in his career, to reveal frontman talents."

- Hal Horowitz
All Music Guide
September, 2006 

 
   

"Eddie Turner has listened to a lot of Jimi Hendrix. Just listen to "Cost of Freedom" to understand what I mean. He imitates the voice and sloppy psychedelic blues of the acid man himself. On other tracks he explores other aspects of music including more acoustic blues as well as exploring the possibilities of electronic components of composition.

"On the title track, Turner takes a diversion from the rest of the album and plays around with heavy Latin styled percussion, which sounds surprisingly smooth with his style of psycho-blues. With the lyrics sounding just as spacey as the guitar solos, Turner and his diaries sound as though they have been on a very long trip already."

- John Shelton Ivany Top 21
Issue: #275, August, 2006 

 
   

"Get ready for a fabulous guitar CD from Eddie Turner. The Turner Diaries is killer. 'A monster guitar player -------- reminds me of my good friend Jimi.' That's from Stephen Stills. Dave Rubin from Guitar Player Magazine says, 'Powerhouse Eddie Turner is THE breakout blues guitarist of 2006 that you must hear.' I agree with both of these guys. This is just a wonderful CD. I mean this will make your summer better.

"Eddie was born in Cuba, but raised in Chicago. He has blues roots, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, and guitar skills out of this world. He played with Tracy nelson and Mother Earth in 1974. I still remember,
'You got to get back to mother earth.' Anyway, this CD is worth twice the asking price. In 1995 Eddie joined the Otis Taylor Band, and in 2005 he released his first CD, Rise, to some pretty widespread acclaim, resulting in a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut.

"Eddie himself says this CD reminds him of Muddy Waters
Electric Mud album and some of that good Cream and Fleetwood Mac blues of the 60's. That's all it takes for me. It is a strong CD from start to finish. My favorite cuts are Dangerous and I'm Tore Down. Dangerous is blazing Jimi Hendrix, and I'm Tore Down is mellow and should last 12 minutes or so instead of only 4:00. But he didn't ask me.

"Band members include Mark Clarke on drums and percussion with Daniel Barnett on several tracks as well. Kenny Passarelli and James Trujillo on bass and Kenny on B3. Some fine B3 too folks. David Givens helps out on guitar on one track and vocals by Anna Givens, Astra Kelly, Givens and Passarelli.

"It should be out by June 26th or something, but if you just can't stand yourself then go to another contact is www.northernblues.com. Crows Feet Productions in Memphis is handling the publicity. Hunt this one down. You don't want the 'Summertime Blues', then again maybe you do."

- Barry Faust
BluesSource.com
June 2006