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Stanley TURRENTINE – Up At Minton's 1961

Posted in JAZZ, Stanley TURRENTINE on December 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Stanley TURRENTINE – Up At Minton’s  1961
CDP 7243 8 28885 2 9
1994 Issue.(2CDs)

Jazz

Burning live set of deep bluesy grooves featuring the great hard early tone of Stanley Turrentine! Grant Green and Horace Parlan set up a mean vibe alongside George Tucker and Al Harewood — and the setting of Minton’s Playhouse seems to drive the group into a nice tight frenzy. The whole session’s a killer, with a groove that’s as good as any of Stan’s early Blue Notes. Titles include “Later at Minton’s”, “Come Rain or Come Shine”, “Love for Sale” and “Summertime”. (Amazing reissue pressing — done as a 2LP set, with heavy vinyl and cover, and played at 45rpm speed for extra-high fidelity!)
From Dusty Groove.
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This 1961 live date from the legendary (and now-defunct) New York City jazz club is one of saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s finest. “Stanley’s Tune” is a stately blues number that fits perfectly into the hard-bop style, and here Turrentine’s solo is raucous at times, almost percussive in its delivery. “Later at Minton’s” continues in the blues tradition, with a leisurely pace and solos that are decidedly relaxed and funky. On this track, the smoky timbre of Turrentine’s horn is particularly reminiscent of the great Coleman Hawkins.
“Love for Sale” (at almost 15 minutes, the longest track on UP AT MINTON’S) begins with a tricky 12/8 Latin feel, then morphs (rather slyly) into an up-tempo bebop groove. The two-disc set’s final track, “Summertime,” is played as a bluesy ballad, with Turrentine’s solo beginning with a series of long tones, then building to a sudden, but well-placed, flurry of notes. The backing band is also quite creative throughout, and, not surprisingly, guitarist Grant Green shines on each track.
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Bass- George Tucker
Drums- Al Harewood
Guitar- Grant Green
Piano- Horace Parlan
Tenor Saxophone- Stanley Turrentine
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CD 1
01. But Not For Me (Live) 11:29
02. Stanley’s Time (Live) 11:03
03. Broadway (Live) 10:38
04. Yesterdays (Live) 11:39

CD 2
01. Later At Minton’s (Live) 13:55
02. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Live) 8:34
03. Love For Sale (Live) 15:11
04. Summertime (Live) 7:14
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Stanley TURRENTINE – That's Where It's At 1962

Posted in JAZZ, Stanley TURRENTINE on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Stanley TURRENTINE – That’s Where It’s At 1962
Recorded on January 2nd 1962.
BST 84096

Jazz

That’s Where It’s At is a Jazz album by Stanley Turrentine recorded by Rudy Van Gelder for Blue Note Records. It features the first (of only two) collaborations between Stanley Turrentine and pianist Les McCann who would only reunite one more time in 1984 for two tracks on Turrentine’s record Straight Ahead. Rounding up the rhythm section is Herbie Lewis on bass, and Otis “Candy” Finch on drums. Lewis was in Les McCann’s group ‘The Les McCann Ltd.’ and Finch was in organist Shirley Scott’s band who was at the time marriedto Turrentine.
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Stanley Turrentine’s That’s Where It’s At is a Blue Note release with Les McCann on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Otis Finch on drums in a small group format. Excellent (and exciting) soul-jazz session with Turrentine blowing hot.
By Ron Wynn & Michael Erlewine, All Music Guide.
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A solid saxophone quartet session featuring Turrentine with one of my favourite bassists, Herbie Lewis. The setlist is a pretty much standard set of soul jazz classics, but Turrentine plays with his usual elegance, and Lewis, like always, displays his wonderful bouncy swing. This is marketed as one of those “special encounter” sessions as it’s the only time Turrentine played with pianist Les McCann, but unfortunately I find McCann’s contribution to this session not all that special. However, Turrentine and Lewis make this date more than worthwhile all by themselves.
By H.Prill.
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That’s where it’s at is all Stanley needs to say with this album. Stanley Turrentine and Les McCann turn in a head bobbin’ performance as they groove from song to song. Mr. Turrentine isn’t a Coltrane or Rollins who would give you an endless stream of notes, instead he gives you some of the best Soul jazz I’ve heard from him yet. His excellent tone and sound make the
CD sound like it was recorded just the other day. This happened to also be my first taste of Les McCann on the piano, who solos and accompanies Stanley with great flare and vigor (as you can hear his moanin’ in the background as he plays). Now a 5 star rating is probably a little high on an overall Jazz scale, but in regards to Stanley Turrentine, it is one of my favorite albums of his that I own. I recommend this album very highly to anyone who enjoys that Soulful Groove, Stanley Turrentine can bring with his Tenor Saxophone.
By Jazz Fan.
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Stanley Turrentine- Tenor saxophone
Les McCann- Piano
Herbie Lewis- Bass
Otis Finch – Drums
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A1. Smile, Stacey (Les McCann)
A2. Soft Pedal Blues (Stanley Turrentine)
A3. Pia (Les McCann
B1. We’ll See Ya’ll After While, Ya Heah (Les McCann)
B2. Dorene Don’t Cry (Les McCann)
B3. Light Blue (Tommy Turrentine)
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