The Best of Stanley Turrentine [Blue Note]

The Best of Stanley Turrentine [Blue Note]

by Stanley TurrentineStanley Turrentine


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1989
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0077779320127
catalogNumber: 93201
Rank: 74512

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
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
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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