Jazz Recommendation: Tommy Turrentine's "Webb City"

February 18, 2018

Although many people have heard of Stanley Turrentine and would recognize his sound on tenor saxophone, only a few jazz fans would probably know about jazz trumpeter Tommy Turrentine.


Tommy Turrentine's limited recognition in jazz can be largely explained by what Scott Yanow wrote in an AllMusic review: "ill health would eventually force [Tommy Turrentine's] retirement." However, this was not before Tommy Turrentine made some recordings with drummer Max Roach's band and his brother, Stanley Turrentine. Stanley Turrentine's solo, however, sounds more like that of Hank Mobley than it does of his improvisation on "Sugar".


On trombone is Julian Priester, who was barely twenty years old at the time; he only takes a one-minute solo. His best phrases are at the beginning of this solo, and he seems to run out of ideas towards the end.


Tommy Turrentine, like his brother, seems to have no problem getting around the instrument. His solo is also short, being only one minute long, but it is certainly long enough for him to show his technique on the trumpet.


Horace Parlan's short solo is clearly a Horace Parlan solo from his phrases and general style. He probably struggles to invent original phrases due to the fast tempo and his physical disability, which was a challenge he had to overcome throughout his career as a pianist.


This is followed by drum breaks, with most of the material between them being played by Stanley and Tommy Turrentine. They then, of course, return to the melody. The recording is a little less than six minutes in length.




WEBB CITY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL6SLLt_vCk

SUGAR - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLaIrVB1av4




TOMMY TURRENTINE - https://www.allmusic.com/album/tommy-turrentine-mw0000313901

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