Sting took time to look back at his groundbreaking 1985 solo debut, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles. The album, which was released on June 1st, 1985, went on to spend 19 weeks in the Top 10 — six of them at Number Two behind Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms, on which he was featured.
Sting recalled to UDiscovermusic.com how the project took shape in January 1985 upon meeting saxophonist, Branford Marsalis: “We got on like a house on fire and started talking about music. I said I was interested in starting a band. I didn’t specify what type of band it would be. But obviously, the people he knew from the jazz world were from that world. They came from Weather Report, Miles Davis. . . The first person he brought to my attention was Kenny Kirkland, who was this amazing piano player.”
He went on to recall, “The (musicians) knew where I was coming from, and the idea was not really to make a jazz record. We made a record with a feel of jazz, maybe, but the music was arranged and then we played it. Then everybody said, 'Oh, I’m making a jazz record. But that wasn’t the case. . . It’s the same way I’ve always worked. Music is a happy thing, and this group of musicians were all happy to be there working with me, working on this material, so it was a lovely experience.”