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Salt Song [Japan]
     

Salt Song [Japan]

by Stanley Turrentine
 
Stanley Turrentine's stint with Creed Taylor's CTI label may not have produced any out-and-out classics on the level of the very best LPs by Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, or George Benson, but the bluesy tenorist's output was consistently strong

Overview

Stanley Turrentine's stint with Creed Taylor's CTI label may not have produced any out-and-out classics on the level of the very best LPs by Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, or George Benson, but the bluesy tenorist's output was consistently strong and worthwhile for all but the most stridently anti-fusion listeners. Salt Song was Turrentine's second album for CTI, and while it's perhaps just a small cut below his debut Sugar, it's another fine, eclectic outing that falls squarely into the signature CTI fusion sound: smooth but not slick, accessible but not simplistic. In general, keyboardist Eumir Deodato's arrangements have plenty of light funk and Brazilian underpinnings, the latter often courtesy of percussionist Airto Moreira. The first three cuts are the most memorable, beginning with a ten-minute exploration of the abrupt time signature shifts of Freddie Hubbard's "Gibraltar." Though a hard bop version might have returned to the theme a little less often, Turrentine's solo sections are full of ideas, befitting one of his favorite pieces of the period; plus, guitarist Eric Gale shines as both a rhythm and lead player. The traditional gospel tune "I Told Jesus" features Turrentine at his bluesiest and earthiest, with snatches of ethereal choir vocals floating up behind him. Milton Nascimento's title track, naturally, has the strongest Brazilian flavor of the program, and Turrentine skillfully negotiates its frequent shifts in and out of double time. All in all, Salt Song has dated well, partly because the arrangements don't overemphasize electric piano, but work mostly on the strength of Turrentine's always-soulful playing. [1997's domestic CD reissue included Nascimento's "Vera Cruz" as a bonus track, but the Japan version did not.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2016
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4988003492878
catalogNumber:
5063563
Rank:
43768

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Gibraltar
  2. I Told Jesus
  3. Salt Song
  4. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
  5. Storm

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stanley Turrentine   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Acoustic Bass
Horace Parlan   Piano
Deodato   Conductor,Electric Piano
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Margaret Branch   Vocals
Brenda Bryant   Vocals
Billy Cobham   Drums
Harold Coletta   Viola
Eric Gale   Electric Guitar
Paul Gershman   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
Charles McCracken   Cello
Alan Shulman   Cello
Richard Tee   Organ
Julius Brand   Violin
Julie Held   Violin
Patricia Smith   Vocals
Leo Khan   Violin

Technical Credits

Milton Nascimento   Composer
Stanley Turrentine   Composer
Deodato   Arranger
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Paul Vance   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Bob Ciano   Original Design Concept
Traditional   Composer
Pete Turner   Cover Photo

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