Sunday, 22 November 2009

Stanley Turrentine ''Wonderland - Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder''

Stanley Turrentine

''Wonderland - Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder''
( Blue Note Records, 1986 )
Catalog # 46762

1 Bird of Beauty Wonder 5:12
2 Creepin' Wonder 5:04
3 You and I Foster, White, Willis, Willson ... 4:52
Composed by: Foster, White, Willis, Willson, Wonder
4 Living for the City Wonder 4:54
5 Boogie on Reggae Woman Wonder 5:49
6 Rocket Love Wonder 4:36
7 Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing Wonder 4:37
8 Sir Duke Wonder 4:26

Personnel & Credits:
Liz Cluse Assistant Engineer
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Eduardo del Barrio Arranger, Keyboards
Ronnie Foster Synthesizer, Piano, Arranger, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Producer, Vibraphone, Synthesizer Bass, Synthesizer Strings
Carol Friedman Art Direction, Photography
Don Grusin Piano, Piano (Electric)
Sue Keston Design
Abraham Laboriel, Sr. Bass
Harvey Mason, Sr. Drums
Mike Miller Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Keith Sappanen Engineer
Keith Seppanen Engineer
Ellen Silverstein Clothing/Wardrobe
Stanley Turrentine Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Steve Van Arden Assistant Engineer
Stevie Wonder Harmonica

It should come as no surprise that the music of Stevie Wonder is often recorded by jazz musicians, especially considering the fact that Wonder confessed his love of jazz in his hit Duke Ellington tribute, "Sir Duke." That song and seven others from Wonder's bottomless repertoire are interpreted by Stanley Turrentine and a restrained group of musicians led by keyboardist Ronnie Foster, who also arranged and produced. The best results occur when Foster and Turrentine cut loose, taking liberties with familiar hits like "Boogie on Reggae Woman," which features Wonder on harmonica. Other times, Turrentine succumbs to routine tributes which are pleasant but unexceptional, especially since several jazz artists have also covered some of the same selections (i.e., "Living for the City" and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"). The most original choice is the opening track, "Bird of Beauty," which benefits from its relative obscurity. Listeners seeking Turrentine's warm, full tone on makeout ballads will find only two: the moody "Creepin" and the spare beauty of "You and I." Otherwise, overly familiar songs are given conservative treatments much of the time. There's too much talent assembled on Wonderland for any of these proven compositions to fail, which suggests Turrentine and Foster might have considered taking more risks.
By Vince Ripol (AMG)

By Andy


Anonymous said...

no pw required

soultrane said...

Another Mr.T album. What a gift thanks.

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