If ever there was a horn that was a perfect pairing with the Hammond B-3, it was Stanley Turrentine's. His best work was always done in combination with an organ (usually that of his wife Shirley Scott) where he coaxed out purring, laid back melodies over simmering chords. The Prestige label would take the organ combo and run it into the ground with records destined for the jukebox, but Turrentine always kept one foot in the world of jazz, mixing soul with sophistication.
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.
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David
I was first exposed to jazz thanks to my Mother (stage name Tobey Castle) who was a professional singer with the Tommy Dorsey band back in the day. Mom sang to me all the time as a little girl, but it never occurred to me to pursue it professionally until I met my husband David. He encouraged me to become a songwriter and together as co-writers we have written material for two albums and an EP.
As The Brehms, we try to bring a beautiful ambience to any event, and we feel just as comfortable in situations where we are
background ambience, or pushing the energy in a large scale concert, and everything in between.