Stanley Turrentine Ė tenor
Bob James, Harold Mabern Ė piano, electric piano
Richard Tee Ė organ
Eric Gale Ė guitar
Ron Carter Ė bas
Idris Muhammad, Billy Cobham Ė drums
Ruben Bassini Ė Percussion
Two shots were made at recording this album, one in March 73 and
the other in June and July of the same year. On the original record
only the results of the second session were released, the main difference
between the two sessions was that Idris Muhammad replaced Billy
Cobham. The main difference between them was probably that Idris
was more willing to follow Creed Taylorís instructions than Billy!
Make no mistake Stanley Turrentine was one of the great jazz tenor
players, he had a great sound on his instrument, a wonderful jazz
feel, a superb improvising ability and a faultless technique. This
album does justice to all these attributes and whether the lush
backings which are occasionally heard add anything, is a matter
of choice but they are trademark Creed Taylor. Creed Taylor who
was the recordís producer and at the time the owner proprietor of
the label had his own ideas on how to package jazz to make it more
palatable to the general public. The record sales show that he was
successful and if thatís the case he deserves to be remembered for
spreading the word.
The rhythm section on both versions of the recording session was
excellent. Ron Carterís immaculate bass playing anchors the rhythm
section and both Billy Cobham and Idris Muhammad propel things along
well, the former however gave more of a real jazz feel to Donít
Mess, but the recording of the Turrentine sax and general balance
is better on the latter session.
Stanley Turrentine first came to fame in the jazz world in the
1960ís when he recorded two albums with Hammond organist Jimmy Smith
called Midnight Special and back at the Chicken Shack. These albums
defined the Hammond organ trio for a decade or more.
If you donít have anything in your collection by Stanley Turrentine,
this is a good start. If you are a tenor sax player looking for
a good sound, here it is!