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Stanley Turrentine

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Day
24
Month
September
Year
1976
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Baker's Keyboard Lounge Over the years Clarence Baker has demonstrated consistent, high-quality taste in that only talented, professional, serious contemporary jazz musicians have graced the stage at his fabled Baker's Keyboard Lounge. The performers generally, fall into two categories: those uncompromising artists, like Yusef Lateef , who simply play the best music that thcy know how to plav;and those, like Les McCann or Stanley Turrentine, who obviously feel ust as natural making music that, first and foremost, is focused on commercial success. Turrentine tries to be commercially successful and, like Grover Washington, he does it by playing very well. You have to give him and his band (John Miller, piano and synthesiser; Gary DuBarry, bass; ).T. Lewis, guitar; Eric Saunders, drums) that much credit. The Turrentine quintet gets over in three basic modes. There's the old-fashioned romantic bailad bag ("More," "I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do ") which s Miller's forte; therë's the gut-bucket funky bag ("Black Lassy"), he oíd azzr&b fusión; and there's the new fusión, slick MFSBtype dreamy jazz that has been Turrentine's main meal-ticket lately, with tunes like "Pieces of Dreams" and "Midnight" often on the turntables of" stations Mkc Detroit'sWJZZ. Turrentine has no lack of work, his band is super-competent and fits him like a glove, and he'll probably be making his kind of music for a long time.