Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stanley Turrentine – Sugar (CTI Records)

Pittsburg, PA-born Stanley Turrentine hails from a family of musician, with his dad playing along with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans as a saxophonist, his mom playing stride piano and his brother, Tommy, becoming a trumpet player.
He would get into Soul/Jazz in the 60’s soon after having married origanist Shirley Scott, prior to turn into fusion after his professional split and divorce from the latter. Standing on a consistant reportoire, and remembered for his colloborations with countless luminaries such as Donald Byrd, Les McCann, Mongo Santamaria and Horace Silver to name but a few, he would score one of his biggest successes with the release of his first album – ‘Sugar’ – on Creed Taylor‘s CTI Records label back in 1971. Its title track, standing as a definitive Be Bop gem must have, perfectly showcasing the skills of his notorious guests such as Lonnie Liston Smith on electric piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, George Benson on guitar, and Ron Carter on bass.
No need adding it’s better havin’ the album version than the single which, released as a 7inch, had to be split into 2 parts…
Turrentine died of a stroke in NYC on Sept. 12, 2000, aged 66…

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