Look of Love

Look of Love

by Stanley Turrentine

CD(Special Edition)

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Overview

With its mix of pop covers and jazz material, The Look of Love could be considered a typical Turrentine album from the late '60s. What sets this and a few other of his Blue Note titles apart, though, are the full yet tasteful string and band arrangements by jazz flügelhorn player and composer Thad Jones. With his flexible phrasing and muscular tone, Turrentine dives into the lush arrangements, especially on the sweeping rendition of Burt Bacharach's "Look of Love." Other pop selections bring mixed results: The plodding arrangement on "McArthur Park" garners a lukewarm response from Turrentine, while the tender settings for "Emily" and another Bacharach number, "This Guy's in Love With You," elicit the kind of velvety vaporous tone and sincere romantic phrasing Turrentine usually killed with on ballads. More upbeat, straight-ahead material like "A Beautiful Friendship" and the blues swinger "Blues for Stan" keep the date well balanced and set the table for some masterful Turrentine solos. Again, special mention should be made of Thad Jones who, along with Oliver Nelson (Nancy Wilson's Welcome to My Love in particular) and Duke Pearson, supplanted the usual syrupy arrangements found on "cross-over" dates with intelligent, complimentary charts. Turrentine certainly appreciated it, as evidenced by his strong work here. Purists who usually cringe at late-'60s jazz dates like this (yes, there is a Beatles cover here) might be pleasantly surprised. For those who feel Bacharach and Jimmy Webb provide fine material for jazz, then The Look of Love is a must.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 4988031254660
catalogNumber: 3125466
Rank: 96752

Tracks

  1. The Look of Love
  2. Here, There and Everywhere
  3. A Beautiful Friendship
  4. Blues for Stan
  5. This Guy's in Love with You
  6. Macarthur Park
  7. I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco
  8. Emily
  9. Cabin in the Sky
  10. Smile

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stanley Turrentine   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Duke Pearson   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
George Duvivier   Bass
James Buffington   French Horn
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Roland Hanna   Piano
Jimmy Nottingham   Flugelhorn
Benny Powell   Bass Trombone
Mickey Roker   Drums
Snooky Young   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Thad Jones   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Tommy Wolf   Composer
Donald Kahn   Composer
Stanley Styne   Composer

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