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Easy Walker

Stanley TurrentineAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005GY3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meat Wave
2. They Say I'm The Biggest Fool
3. Yours Is My Heart Alone
4. Easy Walker
5. What The World Needs Now Is Love
6. Alone Together
7. A Foggy Day
8. Stan's Shuffle
9. Watch What Happens
10. Intermission Walk
11. Wave

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr T=Soul/Compassion/Groove December 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is record is the one that I have I played most frequently over the years and in my opinion perhaps the best Stanley ever did.The music is loaded with soul and compassion with Turrentine playing so well .so well.....the piano player here is McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw on bass and "in the pocket groove" master Mickey Roker on drums
Every track is a real highlight...Stanley is very affirmative.. the chords progressions are just a piece of cake for him..one of the things that makes this recording so very good is McCoy Tyners pianoplaying... at this time he just left Coltrane.. and seems here to enjoy playing mainstream stuff again..his playing is full of joy and are at the same time a tremendous backup to Stans playing..(you can hear that on the outro of "Yours is my heart alone")
The quartets version of the old standard "Foggy Day" is the most soulful version I ever heard.Here is also the original verison of the soon legendary Stans Shuffle...Stanley recorded it again on his last recording date... McGriff just recently recorded it.. so has Mel Rhyne
This recording is a comprehension of everything that I like in the jazz music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Is The Man March 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD
"Joyride" may be my favorite Turrentine album of this period, but "Easy Walker" is my favorite in a small group format. There are a few of his signature tunes here, most notably "Easy Walker" and "Stan's Shuffle."

The track "Easy Walker" is in a way the quintessential Turrentine recording - bluesy, strong, laid-back yet rhythmically in the pocket. it is hard to imagine anyone else playing this tune. But truth be told there are no weak tracks on this album. For whatever reason, Turrentine's groove here is even better than usual. His ballad treatment of "Watch What Happens" is also excellent as is the breezy rendition of "Wave".

The recording itself is flawless as one might expect from Blue Note and Rudy Van Gelder - clean, rich, and natural sound that is just great to listen to.

When Turrentine plays, he really sings through is horn with an ease and sincerity that is hard to describe. The best comparison I can think of is what Ray Charles might have sounded like had he been a saxophone player. His sound has a "strut" to it that feels authoritative, easy, even a little cocky. But that delivery is absolutely sincere and full of emotion. And isn't that what great jazz (or all great music) is about?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stanley T and McCoy Tyner Groove January 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD
~ This CD combines the six tracks that comprised the original "Easy Walker" vinyl LP recorded on 8 July 1966, plus one track from a 28 July 1967 session (not previously released), and four tracks from a 23 June 1969 session (released in 1981 as four of the five tracks on Turrentine's album "Ain't No Way"). Together the CD contains 70 minutes of the enjoyable small group soul jazz Blue Note was famous for in the 1960's.
~ Turrentine recorded a series of excellent Blue Note sessions over the years, but what distinguishes the sessions on this CD is the interactions with McCoy Tyner. These two teamed up on other sessions as well as those presented on this CD: you may want to check out Turrentine's The Spoiler (1966), Mr. Natural (1964), and Rough and Tumble (1966). While Turrentine and Tyner are the common elements on all 11 tracks on this CD, the three session employ different drummers (Mickey Rocker tracks 1-6, Ray Lucas track 7, Billy Cobham tracks 8-11) and different bassists (Bob Cranshaw 1-7, Gene Taylor 8-11). Regardless of drummer and bassist selection, the groove remains strong.
~ The program varies between mid-tempo groove tunes and slow blues. The first track, "Meat Wave" is a fine example of the kind of groove tune that opened most Blue Note album from the period. But from that point on the music is a more straight ahead swinging affair. Even the then-popular "What The World Needs Now Is Love" swings. "Alone Together" is perhaps the highlight of the 1966 session with Turrentine and Tyner indulging in wonderful exchanges. The single track, "A Foggy Day", from the 1967 session is good, but not outstanding. It is the 1969 session where Stanley and McCoy really catch fire.
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