Stanley Turrentine – Salt Song (1971/2016) [e-Onkyo FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Stanley Turrentine – Salt Song (1971/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:34 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © CTI Records
Recorded: July 7, 13 1971 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Salt Song is an album by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine recorded for the CTI Note label featuring performances by Turrentine with an orchestra arranged by Eumir Deodato.

Stanley Turrentine’s stint with Creed Taylor’s CTI label may not have produced any out-and-out classics on the level of the very best LPs by Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, or George Benson, but the bluesy tenorist’s output was consistently strong and worthwhile for all but the most stridently anti-fusion listeners. Salt Song was Turrentine’s second album for CTI, and while it’s perhaps just a small cut below his debut Sugar, it’s another fine, eclectic outing that falls squarely into the signature CTI fusion sound: smooth but not slick, accessible but not simplistic. In general, keyboardist Eumir Deodato’s arrangements have plenty of light funk and Brazilian underpinnings, the latter often courtesy of percussionist Airto Moreira. The first three cuts are the most memorable, beginning with a ten-minute exploration of the abrupt time signature shifts of Freddie Hubbard’s “Gibraltar.” Though a hard bop version might have returned to the theme a little less often, Turrentine’s solo sections are full of ideas, befitting one of his favorite pieces of the period; plus, guitarist Eric Gale shines as both a rhythm and lead player. The traditional gospel tune “I Told Jesus” features Turrentine at his bluesiest and earthiest, with snatches of ethereal choir vocals floating up behind him. Milton Nascimento’s title track, naturally, has the strongest Brazilian flavor of the program, and Turrentine skillfully negotiates its frequent shifts in and out of double time. The 1997 CD reissue also includes Nascimento’s “Vera Cruz” as a bonus track. All in all, Salt Song has dated well, partly because the arrangements don’t overemphasize electric piano, but mostly on the strength of Turrentine’s always-soulful playing. –AllMusic Review by Steve Huey

1 Gibraltar 10:19
2 I Told Jesus 7:38
3 Salt Song 7:15
4 I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do 4:34
5 Storm 7:34

Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone
Eumir Deodato, electric piano, arranger, conductor
Ron Carter, bass
Airto Moreira, drums, percussion
Horace Parlan, Richard Tee, piano, electric piano, organ
Eric Gale, electric guitar
Billy Cobham, drums
Julius Brand, Paul Gershman, Julius Held, Leo Kahn, Harry Katzman, Joe Malin, violin
Harold Coletta, viola
Charles McCracken, Alan Shulman, cello
Hubert Laws, George Marge, Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson, flute
Sivuca, guitar
Russell George, bass
Joao Palma, Dom Um Romão, drums, percussion
Margaret Branch, Brenda Bryant, Patsy Smith, vocals