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Salt Song (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition - Original Recording Remastered)

April 12, 2011 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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By John F. Temmerman on January 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've liked Stanley Turrentine's work for years. With him, my attraction is the SOUND - uniquely his: big, bright, yet warm, with roots in soul and blues as well as mainstream jazz. His playing on this CD lives up to his usual high standard. He sounds great in a versatile selection of pieces. It's everything else that disappoints.
This album on Sony is a reissue of a CTI Album from 1971, with a bonus track added. It has the best and worst features typical of CTI recordings. Best: good players (Ron Carter and Billy Cobham are in the supporting cast, among others), good recording quality, for the most part. Worst: gratuitous arrangements chosen to sell records, strings, background voices, sound effects, generally short album durations - even with the bonus track it's barely 42 minutes.
There's a nice versatile mix of rhythms here: Gibralter shifts between latin and swing, latin (Salt Song and Vera Cruz), ballad, neo-gospel (I Told Jesus), urban blues (Storm).
Some arrangements mildly detract from the CD. Deodato's arrangement of I Told Jesus is the musical equivalent of "dumbing down" and moves away a bit from a true gospel feel. The strings detract from the ballad, I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do, and the storm noises and Stanley's reverb in Storm are each downright annoying.
The best track is the opener, a Freddie Hubbard tune called Gibralter.
This would be ok for someone who likes saxophone who doesn't have a cd of his. Plus, if you like Stanley's playing, you'll like this. Still, there are other recordings early in his career that are better: Easy Walker, Sugar and Don't Mess With Mr. T are a few that come to mind, along with a couple of Jimmy Smith recordings on Blue Note, Back to the Chicken Shack and Midnight Special.
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This music is beautiful, interesting, even a bit challenging to listen to because there is so much going on in these tracks. Turrentine is in top form here, playing with great confidence and feeling throughout. You definitely feel as if he's singing through his horn. The arrangements by Eumir Deodato are superb and varied (the man is simply a genius), and played by top-notch session players like Ron Carter, Airto Moierera, and Billy Cobham, each of whom is a superstar in their own right. This disc is a great journey through great melodies, layers of rhythm, and superb playing that you hope won't end. But that's why you have a "repeat" button on your remote.
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WARNING: Except for the much lower price, I don't know why amazon peddles this as a new release. Salt Song Limited Edition 2008 turns out to be almost exactly the same as the previous limited edition, the only difference besides the price being a new barcode label slapped over the old one.
When this edition first appeared here and in my amazon recommendations, there was no posted product information so I could not compare it with what I already had. I expected some new tracks and the price made it a cheap gamble. I lost the bet, but someone else will gain as they will receive my extra copy as a gift. But now that there is posted information, it will be readily apparent to any other mark that there is nothing new to be heard.
Now I'll get down to the music. Salt Song was not only my introduction to Stanley Turrentine back in the mid-1970s, it was an album that sparked in me a still-burning interest in jazz in general. Many purists scoff at the CTI releases, but those records brought many people to jazz who may otherwise have never become interested. CTI recordings were nothing like some of today's lame "smooth jazz" offerings, in contrast they were chock-full of some of the greatest jazz musicians of that age and provided neophytes with a musical bridge from rock and roll to some of the more traditional and even avant-garde styles.
I still hear Salt Song with much the same delight I experienced on my first listen. To me, the best songs are Gibraltar, the title cut, and Storm. I Told Jesus is a little jivey for me but I never skip it. The other two cuts, one of which is the "bonus", are enjoyable as well but aren't as attention-grabbing as my favorites. Salt Song may not be Turrentine's best, but its a lot better than ninety percent of the music on the market!
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Stanley was the best Texas Tenor... this is a great example of Turrentine in his finest hours... I met him several times (but think he was pretty high each time I met him, didn't effect his playing though)
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By A Customer on April 24, 1999
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Stanley Turrentine goes thru a lot of paces on this remastered release from the early 70s. Gospel inluence on "I Told Jesus", a lot of South American influence throughout, and some plain old fashioned sweet saxophone stylings. Great sound.
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For my money, Turrentine's recordings with CTI in the seventies ('Don't Mess with Mr T'; 'Sugar' and 'Salt Song') have stood the test of time to remain some of the best of his career. I feel the former possibly just shades it from the other two, for the sheer exuberant joy of the playing, but it's a close run thing.

'Salt Song' begins with an energised, boppy, questing 'Gibraltar' by Freddie Hubbard, with something of the latters querulous tone in Stan's sax work, and some fine guitar from Eric Gale. 'I Told Jesus' showcases Stan's sax at its most honeyed, golden notes dripping across a gospel refrain. 'Salt Song' meanwhile, is perhaps one of the richest, and complex pieces here, with plenty to sustain interest, especially a ghostly organ shimmering in the background.

The ballad 'I Haven't Got Anything to Do' is warmly satisfying, while the percussion section and the edge on Stan's reeds on 'Storm' deliver an ominous edge. Bonus track 'Vera Cruz', taken from the album 'Gilberto with Turrentine', is a gloriously joyful piece, and a fitting closer to this fine album. Lovely sound quality.

If you enjoy this, it's well worth checking out both Sugar (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition) and Don't Mess With Mr. T (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition), as both are fine showcases for Stan's work at this time.
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