The 15 tracks, all dedicated to either a mentor, friend or family member, range from gospel to blues to boogie-woogie to jazz to a sparkling rendition of Frederic Chopin's "Minute Waltz", with originals intermingled with standards and traditional tunes. Included in the program is Baerman's "Since The Blues Walked In" (dedicated to pianist-educator Kenny Barron), arguably the finest piece he has ever composed. Pair that with "Tiger Rag" (one of the first "jass" songs ever published) - the performance is utterly dazzling, displaying a technical prowess that makes one sit up and say "wow!"
There is so much to savor on "Turtle Steps". This is an album to give to a friend who loves music and give one to yourself. We are blessed in the Middletown area with musicians such as Rani Arbo and Scott Kessel, Bill Carbone, David Davis, Carolyn Halsted, Professor Neely Bruce, Professor Anthony Braxton, Seb Giacco, and so many others. Like the people listed above, Noah Baerman's music brings such joy in this and all seasons of the year. To find out more, go to www.noahjazz.com.