Monday, November 14, 2011

Stanley Turrentine & The Three Sounds - Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions [2-CD] (2000)

Stanley Turrentine & The Three Sounds - Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions [2-CD] (2000)
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop/Soul | Label ~ Blue Note

"Soul jazz" first became popular in the early '60s. Incorporating a deep R&B feel and heavy doses of the blues, musicians such as Stanley Turrentine and Gene Harris' Three Sounds were successful practitioners of this down-home sound. This Blue Note two-disc set collects two 1960 sessions that saw these giants collaborating on some of the most soulful music of the era. BLUE HOUR conjures images of a smoky club in the wee hours of the morning, when these funky blues masters would just be hitting their stride.

As to be expected, melancholy melodies like "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You," "Since I Fell For You," and "Willow Weep For Me," all handled soulfully by Turrentine, are at their bluesy best. What's surprising is the bouncing swing of classics like "Just in Time," "Alone Together," and even a sizzling "Strike Up the Band," which displays the quartet's ability to both groove and burn at the same time. Of special note is a swinging read of "There is No Greater Love" that features a nimble Gene Harris at his peak. ~Cd_universe

Tracklist, Disc One:
01. I Want a Little Girl (7:05)
02. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (5:24)
03. Blue Riff (6:28)
04. Since I Fell for You (8:48)
05. Willow Weep for Me (9:56)

Tracklist, Disc Two:
01. Blues in the Closet (5:01)
02. Just in Time (5:42)
03. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (alternate take) (5:34)
04. Where or When (7:02)
05. Blue Hour (5:18)
06. There is No Greater Love (8:28)
07. Alone Together (4:44)
08. Strike Up the Band (5:24)

Stanley Turrentine - tenor saxophone
Gene Harris - piano
Andrew Simpkins - bass
Bill Dowdy - drums

Produced by Alfred Lion
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Recorded on December 16, 1960 and June 29, 1960
Transferred using 24-Bit resolution and mastered by Ron McMaster
Cover design by Reid Miles
Cover & liner photography by Francis Wolff
Reissue designed by Patrick Roques
Liner notes by Ira Gitler and Michael Cuscuna

Thanks to the original releaser.

Note: .rar archives are indepented from each other; file-1 = CD.1 & file-2 = CD.2
Complete artwork included in the first file