07/08/11 By Bret Primack
Two MInutes with Mr. T: Stanley Turrentine
Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, posts video of 1997 performance by saxophonist with Billy Taylor on piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Roger Humphries on drums
Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, also known as "Mr. T" or "The Sugar Man" (April 5, 1934 -- September 12, 2000) had a distinctive sound. In just a few notes, that thick, rippling tone, with an earthy grounding in the blues, quickly became apparent. I interviewed Mr. T several times, and found him to be as warm and gregarious as his music.
From a 1997 concert at Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsman's Guild, Mr. Turrentine works out on "Cherokee" with Billy Taylor on piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Roger Humphries on drums.