Stanley Turrentine was certainly ready to deliver when he and his brother Tommy joined Max Roach Plus Four in 1959. While Turrentine had already recorded once for Time Records, his Blue Note association began in April 1960 with an unreleased Dizzy Reece session (recently released as "Comin' On") and the historic Jimmy Smith date that produced “Midnight Special” and "Back At The Chicken Shack". Within two months, this major new talent on tenor was making his first Blue Note album.
In the 1960s Blue Note Records was busy making a soundtrack for New York City. Turrentine, who had a background in R&B, enjoyed popular music. He respected interplay with fellow musicians and thrived on audience response. His contribution to the Blue Note label was strong, swinging music that was richly satisfying to hear, appreciated by jazz purists and casual listeners as well.
He would appear again and again in a variety of settings for the label – as a sideman blending beautifully with many of the label’s leaders; as the sole horn doing all the heavy lifting on dates with a variety of pianists and his organist wife Shirley Scott, sometimes with a guitarist added as well; and as a featured soloist over arrangements by Duke Pearson, Oliver Nelson or Thad Jones.