Stanley Turrentine: 3 Videos


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Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) had a big, full, bossy sound on the tenor saxophone—less sassy than, say, Gene Ammons, but smokier with a strong, soulful attack. He was at his best when paired with pianist Horace Parlan or his wife, organist Shirley Scott. In the following three videos, we get a sense of Turrentine's soul-jazz feel and his confident articulation:

Here's Turrentine in the mid-1980s playing Stevie Wonder's Creepin'...

Here's Turrentine in 1990 performing Sugar...

And here's Turrentine in 1997 performing Just the Way You Look Tonight...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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