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)

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Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Horace Parlan (piano), George Tucker (bass), Al Harewood (drums).

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

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