Sugar Original recording remastered
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There's a lot of great jamming here, featuring Stanley, Freddie Hubbard, and George Benson as primary soloists. Rudy Van Gelder ably imparted the trademark CTI studio sheen on this recording without compromising the essential grit of the performances.
Stanley Turrentine - Sax (Tenor)
George Benson - Guitar
Ron Carter - Bass
Lonnie Liston Smith - Piano (Electric)
Butch Cornell - Organ, Organ (Hammond)
Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet, Tympani [Timpani]
Billy Kaye - Drums
Richard Landrum - Conga
Rudy Van Gelder - Engineer
There are only four songs on this cd. The first is the title song which is over 10 minutes long. The second song "Sunshine Alley" is also over 10 minutes long. The third song "Impressions" was the last song on the original LP and is over 14 minutes. The "piece de resistance" on this cd is the bonus cut: a live version of "Sugar" that cooks and adds Hubert Laws on the flute. It is also over 14 minutes.
I'm not certain how ANYONE could compare this music to smooth jazz. These musicians know jazz through and through and prove it on this album! While recorded under Stanley Turrentine's name, there are many solo spots from the other artists throughout each number. It is akin to sitting in a jazz club and indulging in the most delicious treat. This is a jazz buffet for the ears!
Ultimately I don't find this to be as compelling as the best of Stanley's material on BN, but I would encourage those wary of CTI's later excesses to put those worries aside and check this out. And as for those who already love this album but haven't check earlier stuff out - how about picking up "The Spoiler", "Joyride", "Hustlin' ", "That's Where It's At" or "Up at Minton's"?
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One of the best soul jazz recordings ever made. It cooks and lets off a lot of steam. It's absolutely rare but extremely well done.Published 10 months ago by Allan Suchinsky
Hey cd sound and quality were perfect. Received the cd in just a few days. PerfectPublished 12 months ago by larry johnson
I'm 57 yrs. of ago so when I pick out music, I already know it Great.Published 24 months ago by JD Shelton
The album was recommended to me by my sister, who loves it. I liked it a lot, but did not love it.Published on March 5, 2014 by MClaire
This was probably Stanley Turrentine's finest album, and by far the greatest commercial success of his long and illustrious career. "Best Jazz Album of the Year", a Grammy, etc. Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by babylac89
The first time I heard the title tune to this record was on an Aebersold play along. I finally got around to buying this record (who can beat the price of the MP3 download of the... Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff
Though I've been a Stanley Turrentine fan since the original release of Salt Song and had subsequently purchased other CTI issues, for some reason I just never got around to... Read morePublished on December 30, 2008 by Kurt Harding