Stanley Turrentine: Buster Brown


Buster Brown


Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax)


Common Touch (Blue Note 54719)

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Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Shirley Scott (organ), Jimmy Ponder (guitar), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 30, 1968


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

“Buster Brown” is one of the more polished and unforced-sounding boogaloos in the rare groove catalog, which is not at all surprising considering its cast of characters. Idris Muhammad sits alone on his throne as the undeniable boogaloo king, Bob Cranshaw brings the fluidity of an acoustic master to the electric bass, and Shirley Scott’s sound is more controlled and less abrasive than other B-3ers. Turrentine possesses an instantly recognizable sound—smooth and round, yet earthy and soulful, making him sound more like a soul singer than any other tenor saxophonist before or since. The “Sugar Man” sings, cries, and wails his blues through his horn, and he’ll have listeners hanging on every soulful note.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic


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