Friday, December 16, 2011

Stanley and Oliver

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I wanted to spend a bit more time with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine especially after listening to his work with arranger-composer Oliver Nelson on their 1965 Blue Note album entitled Joyride [CDP 7 46100 2]

"Oliver was a wonderful choice to work on this album with me." says Stanley. "I've known him personally for just a couple of years, but I knew of him by reputation, and from his records, for quite a while before that.

"What makes him valuable, among other things, is his consistency. He does a lot of recording, but whoever he happens to be dealing with, you can tell that he has figured out each individual's personal groove, and has written accordingly.

"That's what he did for me. and I couldn't have been happier with the ar­rangements. He did a superb job." [Stanley's quotation is excerpted from Leonard Feather's insert notes].

The tune is Oliver’s original A Kettle of Fish on which Herbie Hancock takes the piano solo and Grady Tate keeps things crackling on drums.

This thing swings so much you might want to be careful about too many sudden moves so as not to hurt yourself while grooving to it.

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