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Don't Mess With Mr. T Import

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CTI Master Series remastered reissue of 1973 album, the last one he recorded for CTI, from the legend of the tenor saxophone features 8 tracks including 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks, 'Don't Mess With Mr. T. (alt. version), 'Mississippi City Strut' & 'Harlem Dawn'. 2003.

1. Dont Mess With Mister T
2. Two For T
3. Too Blue
4. I Could Never Repay Your Love
5. Pieces Of Dreams
6. Dont Mess With Mister T (bonus)
7. Mississippi City Strut (bonus)
8. Harlem Dawn (bonus)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • ASIN: B0000AK0D7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne on November 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's a strange sensation to find that a slew of classic CTI albums have been remastered and reissued ahead of getting an American re-release. So the initial question has to be "is it worth the extra money to buy this import?" to which the emphatic answer has to be a resounding "YES!"This 1973 recorded album was worth its price in its original form, but the three previously unreleased tracks make it an essential purchase. Firstly, it's aged very well, partly because unlike some 70's albums which feature electric piano, in the hands of Bob James(1,3,4,6,8)and Harold Mabern (2,3,5) the playing is well handled, and where it meshes with Richard Tee's organ it's superb.Eric Gale provided sympathetic guitar fills, and he sits well back with Ron Carter(bass) and drummers Idris Muhammed and Billy Cobham (on the extra tracks).Turrentine provides a sinewy Tenor Sax across the whole range of material.Favourites are both versions of Marvin Gaye's title track ( the first clocks in at 9.48 the second at 7.10), "Two for T" written by Turrentine,and Bob James "Harlem Dawn". However there isn't a duff track on the CD. "I could never repay your love" has nagging echoes of another theme I haven't managed to place yet!If you're a fan of Turrentine, and want to hear him at the height of his playing power, with a sympathetic and supporting band this album is a must!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chris on July 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For me, this was immediately much more accessible than the more famous "Sugar" Album. This is most likely because this is arguably more commercial, but what a fantastic sound. I own the Trouble Man soundtrack from which the title track of this CD is drawn and it is a brilliant slow burn. This album is similar. Put it on and sit back for an evening of smooth relaxing listening. For more focussed listening you can tune in on the expertise of the great musicians whose greatness is in their subtlety. This is one CD that I know I'll be listening too for many years to come and so its money well spent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "douglasnegley" on October 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I know this is "Creed Taylor-ized" Turrentine; meaning a rather formula-like session and sound, arrangements, etc. Stanley, though, really sinks his 'new sound' teeth into this one. The playing is funky, and both Bob James and Eric Gale catch the groove and roll well with it. Idris Muhammed drums perfectly. The title track finds Stanley with that new sound (and way of playing) biting perfectly through the good arrangement - especially the bridge, where the arrangement never overpowers - and Bob James comping and rolling over the strings. "I Could Never Repay Your Love" is a superb tune with great changes and resolves, and Eric Gale gets to stretch on it along with Stanley. In many ways, this recording COULD have been the definitive "smooth jazz" formula. Unfortunately, that monniker was, and still is, abused to describe music that has no business being called Jazz at all. This is a great recording under any heading - just don't expect '50s or '60s Turrentine. This was recorded in 1973, and was one of the few genres of jazz during that rough period for jazz that 'made it'. Much like "Sugar"; but I feel this one is actually better. I hope it is rediscovered a bit more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Flowers on May 25, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Stanley Turrentine recorded 5 albums for the CTI label, and while all 5 have merit, this album, "Don't Mess With Mr T", is my favorite. The album’s first track, "Don't Mess With Mr T.", is a cover of an original Marvin Gaye song. Gaye’s effort was good, and this cover, arranged by Bob James, more than complements the original.

On this first track, Stantley Turrentine's performance is masterful on the tenor sax. The Bob James arrangement starts off true to the original, but then it explores a new melodic interpretation. An elegant piano solo by Bob James also appears, and the entire effect is very satisfying.

On the next track, "Two For T.", Turrentine is again outstanding on tenor sax. This track also includes a spirited electric piano solo by Harold Mabern and a killer drum solo by Idris Muhammad.

A guitar solo also appears on "Two For T.". At one time, I owned the original vinyl release of this album, and I don't recollect any guitar solo on the vinyl release containing this track; thus, I believe that a longer version of "Two For T" appears on this CD release. Interesting.

Track #3 is titled "Too Blue", and Turrentine's tenor sax here is cool and confident; this makes this piece truly memorable. This track also includes solos by Eric Gale on guitar and Bob James on piano.

Track #4 is titled "I Could Never (Repay Your Love); this track is a cover of a song recorded by The Spinners in 1972, and it is arranged on this track by Bob James. Turrentine's tenor sax is soulful here; the effect is beautiful. Solos by Eric Gale on guitar and Richard Tee on organ also appear.

The remaining four tracks did not appear on the vinyl release of this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on October 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I hate downgrading albums as good/great as this one. I'd probably give this 5 stars just for the music, but the shabby packaging by CTI on these "40th Anniversary" reissue CDs really annoys me. Another CD in a cheap paper sleeve with zero booklet or liner notes. Yes, there are 3 bonus cuts on this particular album, which somewhat redeems it, but I still think these CTI reissues should be priced a lot cheaper for what they give you. Okay, enough of my griping; the music on here is excellent. In fact, this has become one of my favorite Stanley Turrentine albums. I never heard Mister T. back when he was first playing this music. I've only discovered him in the past couple of years. But I love his sound and on this album his arrangement of the Marvin Gaye title track is a scorcher. I also love his version of the more mellow "I Could Never Repay Your Love," a track I first heard on an old Spinners album in the mid-70s. Great tune. Again, I never heard the original album, but with these bonus tracks, two of which are tunes not on the original album, you get 62 minutes of fierce, funky jazz. A shame about the packaging.
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