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Remembering Stanley Turrentine

Horn ‘A Plenty — ‘Sugar”s tenor saxist passed away this month

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Tenor saxist Stanley Turrentine — who died two days after a stroke at age 66 on Sept. 12 — produced a big, warm, reliable sound on his horn, one that can’t be replaced. Traces of swing, bebop, and various vintages of soul coursed through his playing, but it was undeniably his own sound. Born in Pittsburgh, Turrentine was a comrade of Shirley Scott (to whom he was once married), Jimmy Smith, and others. Although he veered toward more commercial jazz hybrids in recent years — he had a pop crossover hit with 1970’s Sugar — Turrentine’s sound and gentle fury always prevailed.

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