The Best of Stanley Turrentine [Blue Note]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As the man who wrote the liner notes says, Stanley Turrentine may be the only Texas tenor player to come out of Pittsburgh -- and you can hear several of the reasons why in this distillation of his Blue Note dates from 1960 to 1966, plus a grand leap all the way to 1984. Though his sound can be heard as early as the fairly conventional "Little Sheri," the real soulful Turrentine begins to emerge in "Since I Fell for You" with the 3 Sounds, and really explodes in the splendid "River's Invitation," thanks in large part to Oliver Nelson's great chart and Herbie Hancock's irresistible comping. "Smiley Stacy" is a Les McCann blues swinger that inspires a tough, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As the man who wrote the liner notes says, Stanley Turrentine may be the only Texas tenor player to come out of Pittsburgh -- and you can hear several of the reasons why in this distillation of his Blue Note dates from 1960 to 1966, plus a grand leap all the way to 1984. Though his sound can be heard as early as the fairly conventional "Little Sheri," the real soulful Turrentine begins to emerge in "Since I Fell for You" with the 3 Sounds, and really explodes in the splendid "River's Invitation," thanks in large part to Oliver Nelson's great chart and Herbie Hancock's irresistible comping. "Smiley Stacy" is a Les McCann blues swinger that inspires a tough, characteristically pointed solo from Turrentine and some real burning from McCann and bassist Herbie Lewis -- and he digs deeply into "God Bless the Child," with then-wife Shirley Scott acting cool and caressing on the Hammond organ. Compulsive completists will have to have the CD because it contains one unreleased track from the 1966 Turrentine octet, an uneventful cover of Max Roach's "Lonesome Lover" whose phantom status over the decades was probably just as well. The highly pleasing 1984 track "Plum" is a reunion with Jimmy Smith from the late '50s and George Benson from the CTI years; Turrentine's statement of the theme in unison with Benson creates a warm, funky Varitone-like effect. It's good to have that one in there to round out the collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1989
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 077779320127
  • Catalog Number: 93201
  • Sales rank: 130,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Sheri (7:51)
  2. 2 Since I Fell for You (8:47)
  3. 3 River's Invitation (6:17)
  4. 4 In Memory Of (7:05)
  5. 5 Smiley Stacy (8:06)
  6. 6 God Bless the Child (4:00)
  7. 7 Feelin' Good (7:18)
  8. 8 Lonesome Lover (4:40)
  9. 9 Plum (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stanley Turrentine Primary Artist, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
George Benson Guitar, Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Grant Green Guitar
Herbie Hancock Piano
Gene Harris Piano
Les McCann Piano
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Horace Parlan Piano
Julian Priester Trombone
Shirley Scott Organ, Hammond Organ
James Spaulding Alto Saxophone
Major Holley Bass
Grady Tate Drums
George Tucker Bass
Al Harewood Drums
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Herbie Lewis Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Bill Dowdy Drums
Otis Finch Drums
Clarence Johnston Drums
James Madison Drums
Mickey Roker Drums
Andy Simpkins Bass
Jimmy Smith Organ
Jimmy Madison Drums
Blue Fuller Trombone
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Oliver Nelson Arranger, Contributor
Stanley Turrentine Producer
Randy Weston Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Alfred Lion Producer
Tony May Engineer
Jimmy Smith Programming
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