Many of Joe Turner’s Pablo albums put him in the company of jazz stars like Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Count Basie, Sonny Stitt, and Blue Mitchell. In the Evening is different. It finds Turner surrounded by the kind of group he worked with in clubs from Tacoma to Miami. It didn’t matter much who his companions were, or what the setting. With Basie’s band in a fancy ballroom or an anonymous guitar player in a dive, Big Joe was at full power whenever he summoned the pain and joy of the blues. Even when he wasn’t singing the blues, he evoked them. Four of the pieces here are from the standard popular repertoire. Turner imbues them with the spirit and sensibility of the blues, and they fit perfectly among classics like "In the Evening" and "Too Late, Too Late." It is unlikely that "I've Got the World on a String" or "Pennies from Heaven" have been rendered with greater elation.
with Bob Smith, Pee Wee Crayton, Herman Bennett, J.D. Nicholson, Winston McGregor, Charles Randall