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Stanley Turrentine

MR. NATURAL LP (BLUE NOTE TONE POET SERIES)

Though it wouldn’t first be released until 1980 as part of the LT Series, Stanley Turrentine’s Mr. Natural is a standout recording in the soulful tenor saxophonist’s immense 1960s Blue Note catalog. Turrentine had already led 12 dates for the label from his hard bop debut Look Out! in 1960 to the soul jazz workout Hustlin’ recorded in January 1964. That Fall the saxophonist was back in Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs studio at the helm of a cutting-edge modern jazz group with Lee Morgan on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums with Ray Barretto joining on congas for several songs. The band stretches out across Side 1 on the opener “Wahoo” (aka “Stanley’s Blues”), penned by Duke Pearson, as well as Turrentine’s loving piece “Shirley” dedicated to his then-wife Shirley Scott. Side 2 leads off with Morgan’s jaunty tune “Tacos” before Turrentine delivers a brightly swinging quartet version of the standard “My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me.” The album closes with a memorable take on The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

Blue Note Tone Poet Series

The Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series was born out of Blue Note President Don Was’ admiration for the exceptional audiophile Blue Note LP reissues presented by Music Matters. Was brought Joe Harley, a.k.a. the “Tone Poet,” on board to curate and supervise a series of reissues from the Blue Note family of labels.

Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every conceivable way, from the jacket graphics and printing quality to superior LP mastering (direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180g audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology Inc. Every aspect of these Tone Poet releases is done to the highest possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. This is IT.

This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.

Tracklist:

A1: Stanley's Blues
A2: Shirley

B1: Tacos
B2: My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me
B3: Can’t Buy Me Love