Stanley Turrentine: Dearly Beloved (2008)
Dearly Beloved is one of the best of his Blue Note records and features patient renditions of songs that are full of class and light on the apostrophes. There are no guitars or other horns to clutter the sound, just Turrentine, Scott, and Roy Brooks on drums. The group takes "Baia" at a simmering pace, while "Wee Hour Theme" gets the late night club treatment. What follows is faithful renditions of standards rendered with aplomb and class. Scott's organ playing is not as accomplished as many of her contemporaries, yet she is content to stay in the background and let Turrentine work his magic, occasionally providing a solo or two.
Although Turrentine's best work was still far ahead for the CTI label, Dearly Beloved is a prime example of his Blue Note work, which wasn't half bad either. A smoking album from one of the greats.
Track Listing: Baia; Wee Hour Theme; My Shining Hour; Troubles of the World; Yesterdays; Dearly Beloved; Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You.
Personnel: Stanley Turrentine: tenor sax; Shirley Scott: organ; Roy Brooks: drums.
Record Label: Blue Note Records