Stanley Turrentine “knows how to tell a story.” In fact, on his 1999 debut for Concord Vista titled, DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGAR? the jazz legend tells 11 of them! The project is a synthesis of traditional grooves in a contemporary context with a variety of styles honed over the four decades that Turrentine has been blessing audiences with. The set also utilizes a nice variety of ensembles from quartets to nonets. His tenor saxophone, is melodic and swings in the pocket of contemporary grooves and the set has something for all music lovers from easy listening to bop and straight ahead. Stanley trades his dynamite tenor with Rick Braun’s brilliant trumpet on “Stuff You Gotta Watch,” as Joe Sample keys the ivories as only he can. Ray Brown on bass, Harvey Mason on drums and Alex Acuna on percussion rounds out this masterful track. Vocalist Niki Harris sings the sexy title track and the gently inspirational “Pause To Wonder,”with both pizzazz and grace. On “Calling You,” the theme from the film “Baghdad Cafe,” Niki Harris shines her significant jazz lineage and proves “she came to play.” But Stanley Turrentine has nothing to prove anymore...he just is. Whether creating emotions and memories for his fans of four decades or introducing his tenor saxophone to a new generation of jazzoids, Turrentine is a lasting standard in his own right. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGAR? is a must have. And yes, Turrentine will certainly lure some sugar for you!
Tracks: Keep On Keepin' On; Do You Have Any Sugar?; Stuff You Gotta Watch; Far Too Little Love; Pause To Wonder; Favorite Heart; Calling You; Back In The Day; 2RBs; Monte Cristo; Bar Fly
Musicians: Stanley Turrentine-tenor saxophone; Andy Martin-trombone; Joe Sample- piano; Ray Brown- bass; Harvey Mason- drums; Greg Phillinganes- keyboards; Mike Miller- guitar; Kei Akagi - piano; Abe Laboriel-bass; Alex Acuna-percussion; Niki Harris-vocals; Stephen Boyd-keyboards; Wayne Boyer-backing vocals; Paula Stapleton-backing vocals
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.