One of the key players in the soul-jazz subgenre of the 1960s, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine's strongly blues-based, economical approach, and juicy (but never overripe) tone were equally suited to rendering soul and pop hits. This package combines two LPs, Have You Ever Seen the Rain (made in 1975) and Use the Stairs (1980), showcasing Turrentine's ability to state a melody, and follow with an engaging, thoroughly accessible solo. Although Have You Ever Seen the Rain was the more pop-oriented, the supporting cast was packed with brilliant jazz players, including frequent Turrentine cohorts Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette. There were also, on some tracks, Gene Page-arranged strings. Use the Stairs, the big band date with arrangements by Wade Marcus that fills the second half of this set, was Turrentine's final Fantasy album. Accompanied by the cream of New York's jazz-studio crop, Turrentine (1934-2000) focused more on his jazz side, with winning versions of standards like "The Lamp Is Low" and "Georgia on My Mind," and such estimable, melodic post-bop fare as Tadd Dameron's "On a Misty Night" and Duke Jordan's "Jordu."
with Reubens Bassini, Gene Bertoncini, Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Jon Faddis, Freddie Hubbard, Patrice Rushen, Grady Tate, Clark Terry, David T. Walker, Cedar Walton; with orchestra arranged and conducted by Gene Page or Wade Marcus.