Stanley Turrentine

Stanley Turrentine

born on 5/4/1934 in Pittsburgh, PA, United States

died on 12/9/2000 in New York City, NY, United States

Stanley Turrentine

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Stanley William Turrentine (April 5, 1934 – September 12, 2000) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He began his career playing R&B for Earl Bostic and later soul jazz recording for the Blue Note label from 1960, touched on jazz fusion during a stint on CTI in the 1970s.[1] He was described by critic Steve Huey as "renowned for his distinctively thick, rippling tone [and] earthy grounding in the blues."[2] Turrentine was married to organist Shirley Scott in the 1960s, with whom he frequently recorded, and was the younger brother of trumpeter Tommy Turrentine.


Turrentine was born in Pittsburgh's Hill District into a musical family. His father, Thomas Turrentine, Sr., was a saxophonist with Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans, his mother played stride piano, and his older brother Tommy Turrentine became a professional trumpet player.[3]

He began his prolific career with blues and rhythm and blues bands, and was at first greatly influenced by Illinois Jacquet. In the 1950s, he went on to play with the groups of Lowell Fulson and Earl Bostic. In Bostic's group, he replaced John Coltrane in 1953 and also played in groups led by the pianist and composer Tadd Dameron.[1]

Turrentine received his only formal musical training during his military stint in the mid-'50s. In 1959, he left the military and went straight into the band of the drummer Max Roach.

He married the organist Shirley Scott in 1960 and the two frequently played and recorded together. In the 1960s, he started working with organist Jimmy Smith, and made many soul jazz recordings both with Smith and as a leader.

Scott and Turrentine divorced in 1971. Turrentine turned to jazz fusion and signed for Creed Taylor's CTI label.[1] His first album for CTI, Sugar, recorded in 1970, proved one of his biggest successes and a seminal recording for the label. He worked with Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Richard Tee, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, Grant Green and Eric Gale, to name a few. He returned to soul jazz in the 1980s and into the 1990s.

Turrentine lived in Fort Washington, Maryland, from the early 90s until his death.

He died of a stroke in New York City on September 12, 2000, and was buried in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Cemetery.[4]


As leader

Blue Note Records
  • 1960: Look Out! (reissued in 1969 as The Soul Of Stanley Turrentine on Sunset Records)
  • 1960: Blue Hour (with The Three Sounds)
  • 1961: Comin' Your Way
  • 1961: Up at "Minton's", Volume 1 [live]
  • 1961: Up at "Minton's", Volume 2 [live]
  • 1961: Dearly Beloved (with Shirley Scott)
  • 1961: ZT's Blues (released 1985)
  • 1962: That's Where It's At (with Les McCann)
  • 1962: Jubilee Shout!!! (released 1986)
  • 1963: Never Let Me Go (with Shirley Scott)
  • 1963: A Chip Off the Old Block (with Shirley Scott)
  • 1964: Hustlin' (with Shirley Scott)
  • 1964: In Memory Of (released 1980)
  • 1964: Mr. Natural (released 1980)
  • 1965: Joyride
  • 1966: Rough 'n' Tumble
  • 1966: Easy Walker (released 1968)
  • 1966: The Spoiler (released 1967)
  • 1967: A Bluish Bag (released 2007)
  • 1967: The Return of the Prodigal Son (released 2008)
  • 1968: The Look of Love
  • 1968: Common Touch (with Shirley Scott)
  • 1968: Always Something There
  • 1969: Another Story
  • 1975: Stanley Turrentine (Blue Note Re-Issue Series) [2LP]
  • 1978: Jubilee Shouts (Blue Note Jazz Classic Series) [2LP]
  • 1979: New Time Shuffle (recorded 1967)
  • 1980: Ain't No Way (recorded 1968-1969)
  • 1984: Straight Ahead
  • 1986: Wonderland (Stanley Turrentine Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder)
  • 1989: La Place
CTI Records
  • 1970: Sugar
  • 1971: Gilberto with Turrentine (with Astrud Gilberto)
  • 1971: Salt Song
  • 1971: The Sugar Man (released 1975)
  • 1972: Cherry (with Milt Jackson)
  • 1973: Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine in Concert Volume One (released 1974)
  • 1973: Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine In Concert Volume Two (released 1974)
  • 1973: Don't Mess with Mister T.
Fantasy Records
  • 1974: Pieces of Dreams
  • 1975: In the Pocket
  • 1975: Have You Ever Seen the Rain
  • 1976: Everybody Come On Out
  • 1976: The Man with the Sad Face
  • 1977: Nightwings
  • 1978: West Side Highway
  • 1978: What About You!
  • 1980: Use The Stairs
Elektra Records
  • 1979: Betcha
  • 1980: Inflation
  • 1981: Tender Togetherness
  • 1982: Home Again
Other labels
  • 1960: Stan "The Man" Turrentine (Time Records; his first recorded album, released in 1963 and re-released in 1965 as Tiger Tail on Mainstream)
  • 1966: Let It Go (Impulse!) (with Shirley Scott)
  • 1970: Flipped – Flipped Out (Canyon Records; also released in 1975 as Another Fine Mess on DJM Records; reissued in 1985 on Drive Archive)
  • 1977: Love's Finally Found Me (Versatile Records) (with Gloria Lynne)
  • 1992: More Than A Mood (MusicMasters) (with Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins)
  • 1993: If I Could (MusicMasters) (with Sir Roland Hanna, Ron Carter, Grady Tate)
  • 1995: T Time (MusicMasters) (with Kenny Drew Jr., Dave Stryker)
  • 1995: Three Of A Kind Meets Mr. T (Minor Music) (with Peter Madsen, Dwayne Dolphin, Bruce Cox)
  • 1999: Do You Have Any Sugar? (Concord)

As sideman

With Shirley Scott

  • 1961: Hip Soul (Prestige)
  • 1961: Hip Twist (Prestige)
  • 1963: The Soul Is Willing (Prestige)
  • 1963: Soul Shoutin' (Prestige)
  • 1964: Blue Flames (Prestige)
  • 1964: Everybody Loves a Lover (Impulse!)
  • 1964: Queen of the Organ [live] (Impulse!)
  • 1968: Soul Song (Atlantic)
  • 1978: The Great Live Sessions [2LP] (ABC/Impulse!) recorded 1964

With Kenny Burrell

  • 1963: Midnight Blue (Blue Note)
  • 1964: Freedom (Blue Note)

With Donald Byrd

  • 1964: Up with Donald Byrd (Verve)
  • 1964: I'm Tryin' to Get Home (Blue Note)

With Georgie Fame

  • 1996: The Blues and Me (Go Jazz)

With Roy Hargrove

  • 1993: With the Tenors of Our Time (Verve)

With Gene Harris

  • 1985: Gene Harris Trio Plus One (Concord)
  • 1995: Gene Harris & the Philip Morris All-Stars: Live (Concord) released 1998

With Freddie Hubbard

  • 1987: Life Flight (Blue Note)

With Duke Jordan

  • 1960: Flight to Jordan (Blue Note)

With Diana Krall

  • 1994: Only Trust Your Heart (GRP)

With Abbey Lincoln

  • 1959: Abbey Is Blue (Riverside)
  • 1991: Devil's Got Your Tongue (Verve)

With Les McCann

  • 1961: Les McCann Ltd. in New York [live] (Pacific Jazz)

With Jimmy McGriff

  • 1969: Electric Funk (Blue Note)

With David "Fathead" Newman

  • 1988: Fire! Live at the Village Vanguard (Atlantic)

With Horace Parlan

  • 1960: Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note)
  • 1961: On the Spur of the Moment (Blue Note)

With Duke Pearson

  • 1965: The Right Touch (Blue Note)

With Ike Quebec

  • 1962: Easy Living (Blue Note) some material previously released as Congo Lament

With Dizzy Reece

  • 1960: Comin' On! (Blue Note)

With Max Roach

  • 1959: Quiet as It's Kept (Mercury)
  • 1959: Moon Faced and Starry Eyed (Mercury)
  • 1960: Long as You're Living [live] (Enja)
  • 1960: Parisian Sketches (Mercury)

With Mongo Santamaria

  • 1970: Mongo's Way (Atlantic)

With Marlena Shaw

  • 1997: Elemental Soul (Concord)

With Horace Silver

  • 1968: Serenade to a Soul Sister (Blue Note)

With Jimmy Smith

  • 1960: Midnight Special (Blue Note)
  • 1960: Back at the Chicken Shack (Blue Note)
  • 1961: Prayer Meetin' (Blue Note)
  • 1968: Stay Loose (Verve)
  • 1982: Off The Top (Elektra/Musician)
  • 1986: Go For Watcha Know (Blue Note)
  • 1990: Fourmost [live] (Milestone)
  • 1990: Fourmost Return [live] (Milestone) released 2001

With Art Taylor

  • 1960: A.T.'s Delight (Blue Note)

With Tommy Turrentine

  • 1960: Tommy Turrentine (Time Records)


  1. ^ a b c "Stanley Turrentine". The Daily Telegraph. September 25, 2000. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Stanley Turrentine | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
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