everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!
One of the main weapons in sax legend Stanley Turrentine’s arsenal was the knowledge that a real groove requires just the right amount of energy without hitting the listener over the head. That knowledge is put to practical use throughout Turrentine’s first recording for CTI, SUGAR. Aided by the subtly soulful organ of Butch Cornell and the smoldering sensuality of George Benson’s guitar, Turrentine churned out solidly grooving (though not literally “funk”) tunes that employ blues-based economy and bob-schooled chops in equal measure. The fiery trumpet interjections of Freddie Hubbard keep things moving, but Turrentine’s mastery of the mid-tempo groove is exemplified throughout, whether on the down-and-dirty jam “Sunshine Alley” or a soulful take on John Coltrane’s “Impressions.” And don’t worry, the music is leagues more tasteful than the questionably raunchy cover art.
Personnel: Stanley Turrentine (saxophone); Lonnie Liston Smith Jr, Johnny Hammond (electric piano); Hubert Laws (flute); George Benson (guitar); Butch Cornell, Johnny Hammond (organ) Airto Moreira (percussion); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ron Carter (double bass); Billy Cobham, Billy Kaye (drums).
Rappamelo’s favorite track: