September 24, 1979 12:00 PM

Stanley Turrentine

The burly tenor sax man has, obviously, long since stopped worrying about playing to the jazz purist audience. Though he still wafts off on occasional flights of improvisational fancy, he is going straighter and straighter pop and on this LP leans against a subdued disco beat most of the time. Maybe he shouldn’t be condemned for that, since his music is still alluring; on a tune like his own contemplative Hamlet (So Peaceful), he can give a melody a captivating twist. And since there has to be somebody providing a melody even for the most oblivious discophiles, it might as well be somebody who knows what he’s doing.

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