Stanley Turrentine — Hustlin’

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”)

Stanley Turrentine – Trouble (stereo)

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3 Responses to Stanley Turrentine — Hustlin’

  1. You have to start somewhere; the beginning is usually a good place. We all made a few innocent mistakes starting out, and it hasn’t done us any lasting harm, though I still smart at overpaying for a Lexington because I failed to notice the NY label on the other side. I didn’t know our Stanley and Shirley Scott were Mr and Mrs, you learn something every day.
    After a diet of post-bop avant garde and free, its good sometimes to tuck into some meat and potatoes.

    • vinyltim says:

      Agreed. My silver disk listening had included a lot of free music, so this was nice to dig into. I’ve got a few titles on vinyl that are more free, but as usual, I’m outbid online and progress is slow….

  2. Katharsis says:

    Yes, it’s hard to start collecting jazz records with not making mistakes or false judgements. When I started collecting, I judged the book by it’s cover and didn’t get in the details. Looking back, it gave me a nice collection with good music. I catched the original-pressing-train later and I still have a good amount of blue Label Blue Note’s. I wouldn’t buy them nowadays, but it helped to get into the music.
    When I started out collecting BN, I wanted to have them all. I mean, if it’d be that easy, I’d still love to get them all. Anyways, I bought lots of stuff, even Stanley Turrentine with organ. I never really grown accustomed with organ-driven music and from my standing point right now, I don’t listen to Mr. T that much, he’s so greasy and corny sometimes, just like Lou Donaldson. But he definitely is a unique and excellent player. I’ll always have Feelings for “Blue hour”.

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