Morning Song – Sister Sanctified
1972 was an unusual year for Stanley Turrentine. He only put out one album.
But what an album! It’s not just that Cherry is a classic example of whatever genre you want to call its exquisite gumbo of jazz-soul-funk-smooth jazz-blues-fusion. It’s also—maybe especially—the incredibly talented band Turrentine assembled and led: Cornell Dupree (who literally wrote the book on R&B guitar), quintessential smooth jazz pianist Bob James, fusion drummaster Billy Cobham, bassist par excellence Ron Carter, and the inimitable Milt Jackson on vibes.
It’s the kind of lineup that could make you feel sanctified just reading it on the album cover (ask your parents). And if that doesn’t do the trick, try the album’s center piece, arranger Weldon Irvine’s “Sister Sanctified”.