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That's Where It's At
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Stanley Turrentine's 'That's Where It's At' features Les McCann on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass and Otis Finch on Drums. This is saxophonist Turrentine's sixth album. That's Where It s At will be re-released as part of the overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
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The only Bonus Track they (Blue Note) could unearth is an Alternate Take of "Light Blue".
The sound samples on this page are more than sufficient to convey the music. Run through those if you are not already familiar with this album (or Turrentine or McCann.)
Another factor that adds to the soul/funk quality is the core rhythm section. Bassist Herbie Lewis was already associated with McCann and his distinct style that was evolving even before this album was recorded. Drummer Otis Finch was working for Turrentine's wife, organist Shirley Scott, who was also going down the soul jazz path.
One thing that characterizes the music over soul jazz as it would evolve into is the hard swing. In that respect the music seems to share a lot with what Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and other groups were still doing, but with a more commercial feel.
Another thing that is unique is Blue Note allowed all of the tracks to be original compositions: McCann contributed tracks 1, and 3 through 5, Turrentine contributed track 2, and his brother, trumpeter Tommy, penned Light Blue. Tommy is not on the album, and frankly I am not that the arrangements would have worked as well with a trumpet anyway.
This was recorded in a single session at Rudy van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio on January 2, 1962. For me this is a pivotal album that helped establish soul jazz, but even if my opinion is wrong, it's still an enjoyable listen.