Here’s a soulful 1964 Blue Note session from Stanley Turrentine. He’s joined by his wife Shirley Scott on organ and the excellent rhythm section of Kenny Burrell, Bob Cranshaw, and Otis Finch. This sort of stuff is equal parts jazz, blues, and soul and I can see how it may be less appealing to folks looking for more adventurous sounds, even for myself at times, but on most days this really delivers the goods for me. The playing is at a really high level and it feels great. Accessible and enjoyable jazz–what a concept!
This was one the first Blue Note LPs that I bought several years ago and it’s a good example of lessons learned. I had been researching the original pressings of records I liked, but had very little practical experience with it. I had learned the basics of what to look for with Blue Note LPs, so when I saw this in a local shop and with the “New York USA” on the classic blue and white label, I had to have it. It has the correct stereo label for this release, and even the Van Gelder stamp, but it’s missing the “p”, making it a Liberty pressing with an earlier label. I also misjudged the condition a bit, which I now realize never completely goes away. It’s not beat up by any stretch and has only light marks, but it does have a little groove wear–a concept I was only vaguely familiar with at the time and overlooked in the moment. All in all it’s still a nice copy and sounds pretty good, but I slightly overpaid. I only overshot it by a few dollars though and I enjoy the music a lot. You gotta start somewhere right?
(Details: Blue Note BST 84162 stereo/NY USA/Van Gelder stamp/no DG and no “p”)