ART "TURK" BURTON

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There’s important history behind the existence of Art “Turk” Burton and Congo Square, out with a superbly crafted jazz album in the realm of “African Classical Music,” as the conga player describes it.

Spirits: Then & Now featuring Burton on conga drums and saxophonist Ari Brown — among many other original artists — came out earlier this month. While the album offers a spare eight tracks total, the wealth of stories on a distinctively indigenous, ancient beat more than makes up.

Growing up around Chicago, Burton himself went from drums to basketball back to drums, namely congas and bongos, in the span of a young man’s early education. When he went back to playing music, by his late teens, he and his group found themselves competing against the Jackson-5 at a national talent contest. The Jackson-5 won, naturally, but Burton and the ever-evolving Soul Naturals tore up the Illinois State Battle of
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World Fusion 2015
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Ancestral Spirits Featuring Ari Brown Edwin Daugherty Maggie Brown
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