Here at Somewhere Soul our aim is to keep you at the forefront of all things new and worthy in world of funk, soul and jazz. Often that involves look back just as much as it means looking forward. This week’s track comes from the producer Petko Turner, who has never shied away from creating edits and mixes of originals that date back decades.
The track is an edit of the American trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie’s rise to fame throughout the 1940s saw him make his name as a true character of Jazz music, as well as pioneering the development of bebop alongside the likes of Charlie Parker and fellow trumpeters Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown. His fusion of Afro-American and Afro-Cuban rhythms with modern jazz secured his reputation as one of the most influential jazz trumpeters of all time.
Gillespie’s music has been described as the "sound of surprise", full of unconventional breaks and unusual layered harmonies. Petko Turner’s edit accentuates exactly these qualities as he takes on a rework of a Gillespie classic, ‘Matrix’, from his 1970 album ‘The Real Thing’. Turner adds punch to the bassline and drums while still flaunting the fluent trumpet topline that brings this track to life.
Petko Turner can be considered as far less well-known but significantly more diverse Joey Negro. He’s no newbie either, having been at the turntables since 1988. His ventures have led him to produce music in the world of hip-hop, funk and jazz. If you haven’t heard of him before, you’ll be more than glad you discovered this guru.