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5.0 out of 5 stars Among my favorite Turrentine, September 6, 2009
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This review is from: The Spoiler (Audio CD)
This is one of my favorite Stanley Turrentine recordings, though I'll admit upfront I don't have anywhere near a complete collection. Like Joyride and Rough and Tumble, this one features Stan in front of a larger ensemble, playing groove-oriented soul jazz (rather than hard bop) centered around material drawn from popular music. In fact, the ensemble is almost identical to that on Rough and Tumble, with the main difference being Julian Priester's trombone replacing Grant Green's guitar.

Of the three albums, this one is definitely my favorite. The album blasts out of the gate with the dancing groove of Duke Pearson's "The Magilla". Then after a lovely read of "When the Sun Comes Out", we get an intense read of Armando Boza's "La Fiesta" which is an absolute cracking composition, arrangement and performance. Duke Pearson, the arranger, was going for a totally different (and more interesting, to my mind) feel here than on Rough and Tumble. The second half of the album takes a mellower tack - the bossa interpretation of "Sunny", the lush ballad "Maybe September", and then the most straight-ahead selection - a swinging "You're Gonna Hear from Me".

The Spoiler is the kind of album that shows commercially-accessible jazz doesn't have to compromise its integrity. Excellent stuff.
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