Norris Turney Quartet - Big Sweet N Blue (1995)

Norris Turney Quartet - Big Sweet N Blue (1995)

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Artist:Norris Turney Quartet
Title Of Album:Big Sweet N' Blue
Year Of Release:1995
Quality:FLAC(image + cue + log)426 MB
Full Scans:(600dpi)25 MB
Total Time:76 Minutes
Total Size:451 Mb
Since there are not that many alumni of Duke Ellington's orchestra active, it is surprising that altoist Norris Turney (who was with Ellington from 1969-1973 and eventually replaced the unreplaceable Johnny Hodges) has not been recorded all that extensively during the 20 years since. In fact, his Mapleshade debut is the 72-year-old's first session at the head of a quartet and the music's obvious success is even more impressive when one realizes that Turney had never played with the other musicians (pianist Larry Willis, bassist Walter Booker, and drummer Jimmy Cobb) before. Norris Turney is a melodic swing player with a large tone and, since the rhythm section is quite supportive and sympathetic, these renditions of blues, ballads, and standards (including his own "Checkered Hat" and three Ellington/Strayhorn pieces) came together rather quickly. Highlights include the lengthy "Blues for Edward," "Blood Count," and "Come Sunday." Scott Yanow.
from QuarterNotes by Wes Phillips
Big, Sweet 'N Blue describes Norris Turney's alto sound perfectly. It's huge but sweetly expressive ­ after all, he's the guy who replaced Johnny Hodges in the Ellington band! Hard to believe this is his first record as a leader, but it was worth the wait. Joined by veterans Jimmy Cobb (a member of Cannonball Adderly and Miles Davis's bands, and the only surviving player from Kind of Blue), Walter Booker (Adderly, Monk), and Larry Willis (Adderly, Jackie McLean, Stan Getz, Carmen McRae...), he turns in a masterful date, full of richly nuanced swagger. I can't believe that Sprey has managed to capture sax sound this big and powerful, while making it sound absolutely real. Turney's tone is breath made flesh: round, warm, solid, and-yes!-sweet. Willis's piano serves as the sax's perfect foil: softer and more liquid, but just as present. The rhythm section is a force of nature; one can hear the wind and running water in Cobb's brush work, and Booker's bass is as deep and solid as bedrock. Don't miss this one.

Norris Turney, alto sax
Larry Willis, piano
Walter Booker, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
1 Blues for Edward
2 Heres That Rainy Day
3 Blues in B
4 Checkered Hat
5 I Cant Give You Anything But Love
6 Streets of Dreams
7 In a Mellow Tone
8 Blood Count
9 Ive Never Been in Love Before
10 Come Sunday
Runtime 76 Minutes

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