Stanley Turrentine – Mister T. (Like Tenor)

This day (September 12, 2000), in New York City, died Stanley Turrentine, an American jazz tenor saxophonist who began his prolific career with blues and rhythm and blues bands, and was at first greatly influenced by Illinois Jacquet.

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Wikipedia : This day (September 12, 2000), in New York City, died Stanley Turrentine, an American jazz tenor saxophonist who began his prolific career with blues and rhythm and blues bands, and was at first greatly influenced by Illinois Jacquet.

@allmusic : Upon moving to Philadelphia, Turrentine struck up a chemistry with another organist, Jimmy Smith, appearing on Smith’s 1960 classics Back at the Chicken Shack and Midnight Special, among others.

@Jazz.com : Turrentine, it has been said, could make the telephone book sound soulful. His elegant brawn in the lower register of the tenor saxophone, and seductive swagger in the upper, sang perfectly in whatever bag he swung – from the blues and bebop to rhythm ‘n blues and pop.

@ last.fm : Turrentine’s first professional gig was with Lowell Fulson’s blues band. “I guess my sound started back then,” he says, “I couldn’t avoid the blues. That band had a blind piano player in it, name of Ray Charles.”

@ Discogs :

CREDITS
Photo : Fred Seibert
Audio : Sugar . Vera Cruz . God Bless The Child . Little Sheri . Willow Weep for Me . Storm . River’s Invitation . Impressions . What The World Needs Now Is Love . Sunshine Alley .
Video : Sugar (1989) . w/ Billy Taylor & Gary Burton – Live in Pittsburgh . Don’t Mess With Mr. T . w/ Michael Brecker, Bill Evans, Ernie Watts – Four Sleepers / Pools (1989) . w/ Jimmy Smith – Midnight Special (1987) . Stanley Turrentine – Scratch My Back (1985) .

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