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  Audio Fidelity -
  AFZ 007
  Tommy Turrentine
  "Tommy Turrentine"

Tommy Turrentine
Max Roach Quintet
Track listing:
  1. Gunga Din
2. Webb City
3. Time's Up
4. Long As You're Living
5. Too Clean
6. Two, Three, One, Oh!
7. Blues For J.P.
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Reviews: 3

Review by miguelito54 April 8, 2008 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Musically, this is a rare bird from the hard bop era, since it is trumpeter Tommy Turrentine's only session as a leader, recorded when he was a member of Max Roach's band. The line-up here with the Turrentine brothers, Julian Priester, Bobby Boswell, and Max Roach, is the Roach band of the time, with pianist Horace Parlan added; producer Bob Shad supervised them at Mercury. Five of the seven pieces are the leader's original tunes - this and the quality of his playing, which is not among the giants of jazz trumpet but still excellent, makes one wonder why he wasn't in for a career in jazz like his brother Stanley. Fans of good hard bop jazz will like this, for followers of the Roach band of the time it is a must.
I find evaluating the sound of this disc rather hard to do: Steve Hoffman's remastering makes the most of it; the instruments sound natural, but stereo separation is extreme: I wish I had a mono switch.
Too bad Audiofidelity stopped their SACD remasterings of the Time jazz sessions ...

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Review by JW September 7, 2006 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Another 60's jazz master and this time mastered by a similar master, Steve Hofman. That means that as opposed to the Bobby Timmons disc or the piano and bass on the Sonny Rollins 'Saxophone Colossus', we get a much cleaner sound. But you get it only in the left (b, dr, p) and right speaker (t, ts, tb). There is no center fill. The bass is full and the piano sounds more like a piano, though you still cannot (should not) compare this to modern piano recordings. The sound is still rolled offand somewhat smothered. But the trombone, sax and trumpet come through very naturally and overall this disc carries a warm pleasant and analog sound. Audio Fidelity threw in the towel in the SA-CD fight so this is definitely OOP.


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Review by DeSelby June 1, 2005 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
very good sound but extreme channel separation

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