May 08, 1978 12:00 PM

Stanley Turrentine

Turrentine plays a thoughtful tenor sax, phrasing carefully and showing enough self-confidence to use the space between the notes as part of his music. The technique is especially effective on moody pieces like Ann, Wonderful One and Peace of Mind—where, despite a backup band that includes flutist Hubert Laws and trombonist Urbie Green, Turrentine is the main focus. He largely avoids the octave-leaping, frantic-run school of sax playing, and the result is the sort of satisfying jazz made to be listened to at quiet, contemplative times.

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