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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




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Stanley Turrentine

Donít Mess With Mister T

CTI 5127922

 

    1. Donít Mess with Mister T
    2. Two for T
    3. Too Blue
    4. I Could Never Repay Your Love
    5. Pieces of Dreams
    6. Donít Mess with Mister T
    7. Mississippi City Strut
    8. Harlem Dawn

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
Plus Ensemble

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!

Don Mather

 

 



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