Stan and Oliver
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 10/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Two things distinguish this CD - Oliver Nelson's charts and Turrentine's superb playing. Nelson was going through a great arranging period at this time, doing marvelous things with his big band. The excellent albums he made with Jimmy Smith come to mind immediately while listening to this CD, and one tune in particular (GRAVY TRAIN) has a very strong flavor of a Smith-Nelson monster hit. Nelson is an excellent colorist in his charts: LITTLE SHERI makes interesting use of flutes and MATTIE T. features the brass section nicely. Stanley is the chief soloist on all the tracks, and he really shines on the gutsy RIVER'S INVITATION. A TASTE OF HONEY is an up-tempo waltz, one of the better versions of this song I know. Herbie Hancock has a compelling solo on the blues A KETTLE OF FISH. It's nice to have this album around again."