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Gecko Turner - Gone Down South
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Gecko Turner

Gone Down South


Released: 11th October 2010 | 12 track crossover jazz album
One of the most used adjectives by journalists to describe Gecko Turner's music is effortless, probably because, as an Austrian critic wrote, Gecko's tunes brighten up the darkest of days. Gone Down South is quite possibly Turner's best effort yet, the one he has worked on the most even though to him it comes naturally. It's been four years since Chandalismo Ilustrado and since that album Gecko has gone through quite a bit in both his personal and professional life. He has played all over the world shared his music with artists from many different places and has been exposed to all kinds of sounds new to him. Gone Down South is an album on which all those different influences come together to create a bigger picture: the unique, easy-going and sunny Gecko style. The album was recorded in Extremadura, Texas (with Tim Gerron), London (with Antonio Feola), Madrid and California (with Sunny Levine) with a wide range of musicians such as Irapoan Freire with his characteristic trumpet sound, the voice of Spanish soulman Gene Garcia and the stunning piano of Cuban Javier Caramelo Maso. The album starts with Truly, a grand piece of soul, luminous and fresh like the tunes that are to follow, such as the Afro-Cuban tune Cuanta Suerte and the Velvet Underground-influenced So Sweet. Tea Time is lazy funk lit up by the rhymes of Extremaduran rapper Isaya Thomas, while Amame, Mimame, You Can't Own Me and Mbira, Mbira have taken more than a few sips from the old African well, the latter brilliantly mixing it up with rhythms coming from Extremadura-style flamenco. Holly Hollywood, The Love Monk and When I Woke Up do the funk, Gecko-style, while Let's Stay Tonight is a ballad that sounds like a Motown excursion to Jamaica. The finishing touch comes in the form of a nice little blues ditty, title track, Gone Down South. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a great record that will give you hours of pleasure. Trust us.