Sunday, March 16, 2014

Joe Turner In The Evening

Going back through the old issues of the Buffalo Jazz Report, I have discovered not only my old columns but also regular album reviews. The following was one of a number of Pablo Joe Turner recordings from the 1970s. I do not remember whether I purchased this CD or recived a review copy. The review appeared in December 1976 issue. There is a CD reissue of this that one should be able to obtain without that much difficulty.

The latest Joe Turner album presents the great shouter in another fine program of blues and standards. This session has the feel of a good West Coast blowing session with some nice T-Bone Walker styled guitar from Pee Wee Crayton and alto by Bob Smith. Joe is in good voice here and the band is relaxed and provides just the right support. Highlights include the title track and a very slow treatment of Chains of Love. Herman Bennett turns in a fine guitar solo on Pennies From Heaven - being more jazz flavored than Crayton, and elsewhere plays nice rhythm. A fine album however Benny Green's notes are getting hard to take.  

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