Mark Turner, Ben Street & Jeff Ballard Corthell Hall, Gorham, Maine April 13, 2004 Gear: Lovely 3/4 viol-shaped flat-back DB strung with copper-wound gut. Realist pickup? School's 10-year-old Peavey w/ 15" speaker. No bowing. Sound: Deep, clear and dark. Your Peavey never sounded like this! Look: Rail-thin. If Mark Turner and Ben Street turned sideways you could fit them both in a bass bag. Local Angle: Mr. Street's father, saxophonist and mouthpiece-maven Bill Street, teaches at USM, as does Bill's ex. Many of Ben's nine (!) siblings live in the area. Approach: Mr. Street struck me as a throwback player (and that's not a pejorative). He has tremendous walking and backing chops and solos with clear intention; he's also a mixed-meter monster. The influences of Jimmy Blanton and Jimmy Garrison were prominent. In a trio with a saxophonist and drummer who each worked to expand their instruments' range, Mr. Street touched thumb position three times in two hours and did not try to match his band-mates on speediness. That said, the ability to play a wide variety of double-stops all over the neck in perfect tune counts for a lot in the 'chops' department. In short, Mr. Street's performance was all about TIME, TONE, TASTE AND ENERGY. He is a model of how to use what you've got to the fullest to achieve a powerful musical result in the best of company.