Stanley Turrentine: Someone to Watch Over Me
Someone to Watch Over Me
Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax)
Ballads (Blue Note CDP 0777 7 95581 2 4)
Composed by George & Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. January 20, 1961
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Nowhere is nonpareil audio engineer Rudy Van Gelder’s renowned "Blue Note sound" more distinctive than on ballads. Besides its fundamental tone, every musical pitch resonates higher sounds called overtones. When you hear the aura of overtones crisply radiating around Stanley Turrentine's tenor, you understand what made Van Gelder unique. No non-musician played a greater role in birthing so many stellar jazz recordings. That said, Turrentine's tenor is still the star. It's just that Stanley's star shone brightest among Van Gelder's galaxy in far, far away New Jersey.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz