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Tender Togetherness

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The second of three albums tenor sax man Stanley Turrentine did for Elektra after leaving Fantasy Records, 1981's Tender Togetherness featured an electric jazz-funk hybrid sound that packed a good deal more punch and brightness than its predecessor, 1979's Betcha. Produced by Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn EW&F's "After the Love Has Gone" is given a treatment here, and featuring a subtle, almost Latin feel, the album bounces and bubbles along on an almost continuous joyful light R&B groove. Turrentine's sax lines are full of that steady, strong bluesy tone that has become his signature, but this time around he is very much a part of the ensemble, and Tender ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The second of three albums tenor sax man Stanley Turrentine did for Elektra after leaving Fantasy Records, 1981's Tender Togetherness featured an electric jazz-funk hybrid sound that packed a good deal more punch and brightness than its predecessor, 1979's Betcha. Produced by Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn EW&F's "After the Love Has Gone" is given a treatment here, and featuring a subtle, almost Latin feel, the album bounces and bubbles along on an almost continuous joyful light R&B groove. Turrentine's sax lines are full of that steady, strong bluesy tone that has become his signature, but this time around he is very much a part of the ensemble, and Tender Togetherness is richer for it, sounding very much like a whole piece of fabric from the opening notes of the bright, airy "Hermanos" to the playful funk of the album closer, "Havin' Fun With Mr. T.," which is set up wonderfully by "Pure Love," a 42-second snippet of Turrentine playing his tenor sax accompanied by only an acoustic piano. Turrentine's heavily arranged and orchestrated crossover work has always seemed somehow weaker than his soul-jazz small combo approach, but Tender Togetherness is as bright as a sunny day on the weekend, making it one of his better fusion hybrids.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2005
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140053427
  • Catalog Number: 534
  • Sales rank: 82,761

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stanley Turrentine Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Philip Bailey Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Roland Bautista Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jeff Johnson Synthesizer
Eduardo del Barrio Piano, Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Lynn Davis Vocals
Rahmlee Michael Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Larry Dunn Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Moog Bass
Steven Dunn Percussion, Drums, Moog Bass
Nathan East Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Marlena Jeter Vocals
Ralph Johnson Percussion
Gwen Matthews Vocals
Byron Miller Bass, Bass Guitar
Denzil Miller Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Sidney Muldrow French Horn
Don Myrick Alto Saxophone
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Louis Satterfield Trombone
Paul Shure Concert Master
Fred White Percussion, Drums
Andrew Woolfolk Tenor Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Bass Trombone
Jeff Johnson Synthesizer
Ralph Boyd Johnson Percussion
Mike Harris Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tom Pigott-Smith Synthesizer
David Duke French Horn
George Del Barrio Conductor
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Arranger
David Foster Composer
Roland Bautista Arranger
Bill Champlin Composer
Eduardo del Barrio Arranger
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Arranger
Lynn Davis Vocal Arrangements
Rahmlee Michael Davis Horn Arrangements
Larry Dunn Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Steven Dunn Arranger
Jay Graydon Songwriter, Composer
B. Miller Composer
Byron Miller Arranger
Denzil Miller Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Don Myrick Horn Arrangements
Louis Satterfield Horn Arrangements
Mike Harris Horn Arrangements
George Del Barrio String Arrangements
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