Al Turner Interview

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Can you tell us a few highlights from your career?
I am currently Music Director and bassist for KEM. In addition I tour and record with Earl Klugh and Bob James. I have also recorded with, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, KEM, Oleta Adams, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Nancy Wilson just to name a few. I’ve toured the world over, performed at the White House twice and recorded two solo records.

What do think of the state of music today?
I feel really good about the state of music. Technology has allowed us to make music in a different way. Real musicians are still the key for me. Great songs are being recorded daily, which always stand the test of time.

What do you think the role of music education is?
I love the fact that there are young musicians around the world pursuing music as a career. Music Education is very important and we need more of it in the public school systems.

What’s coming up in the future for you?
I have a new record coming out and I am very excited about that. In addition, I am writing and producing for other artist. Tours to follow in 2012.

Why do you use R Cocco strings?
R. Cocco strings are simply Great!!! They sound wonderful in the studio or live and last a very long time. I love them!


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