Al “The Burner” Turner

Kem and Earl Klugh bassist opens up about his latest album and A.R.T.

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
February 3, 2020

By David Sands

Al “The Burner” Turner is a well-known presence in the jazz and R&B worlds, where he’s earned himself a name as a top-tier sideman. Currently serving as bassist and music director for both Kem and Earl Klugh, the Detroit native has also worked with a who’s who of artists and icons that includes Aretha Franklin, Bob James, Gladys Knight, Ron Isley and Patti Labelle. He’s also an accomplished solo artist who’s released five of his own albums, the most recent being 2018’s This Is.

FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Turner at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California where they engaged in a spirited conversation that touched on his group A.R.T. (which also features Tom Braxton and Ron Otis), recent albums and tips for becoming a better bass player.

Watch our interview with Al!


See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview, here.

Comments on Al “The Burner” Turner

  1. Keith says:

    Al is one of my favorite bassists of all time!

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