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CTI releases the 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition of Stanley Turrentine's 'Sugar'

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Stanley Turrentine - Sugar

Sugar is a bluesy soul-jazz classic, represented here, on this remastered edition, in both studio and live versions. Butch Cornell's "Sunshine Alley" is solid, and John Coltrane's "Impressions" is given an impressive soul-jazz treatment. ("Gibraltar" was cut from the original track list, but it can be found on another CTI release, "Salt Song".) There's a lot of great jamming here, featuring Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, and George Benson as primary soloists. Rudy Van Gelder ably imparted the trademark CTI studio sheen on this recording without compromising the essential grit of the performances.

Stanley Turrentine - Sax (Tenor)
George Benson - Guitar
Ron Carter - Bass
Lonnie Liston Smith - Piano (Electric)
Butch Cornell - Organ, Organ (Hammond)
Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet, Tympani [Timpani]
Billy Kaye - Drums
Richard Landrum - Conga
Rudy Van Gelder - Engineer

Stanley Turrentine was one of the most prolific jazz artists of our time but received very little attention to his works. If he were still with us, he would be playing the finest halls across America. On this CD he teams up with his peers in none other than Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Lonnie Liston Smith Jr., Ron Carter, and other masterful musicians. Thanks to the wonderful production from Creed Taylor who had the foresight to bring all of these talents together, we have what is an example of brilliant jazz.

There are only four songs on this cd. The first is the title song which is over 10 minutes long. The second song "Sunshine Alley" is also over 10 minutes long. The third song "Impressions" was the last song on the original LP and is over 14 minutes. The "piece de resistance" on this cd is the bonus cut: a live version of "Sugar" that cooks and adds Hubert Laws on the flute. It is also over 14 minutes.

I'm not certain how ANYONE could compare this music to smooth jazz. These musicians know jazz through and through and prove it on this album! While recorded under Stanley Turrentine's name, there are many solo spots from the other artists throughout each number. It is akin to sitting in a jazz club and indulging in the most delicious treat. This is a jazz buffet for the ears!