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Stanley William Turrentine, also known as "Mr. T" or "The Sugar Man" (April 5, 1934 - September 12, 2000) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Biography: Turrentine was born in Pittsburgh's Hill District into a musical family. His father, Thomas Turrentine, Sr., was a saxophonist with Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans, his mother played stride piano, and his older brother Tommy Turrentine became a professional trumpet player. He began his prolific career with blues and rhythm and blues bands, and was at first greatly influenced by Illinois Jacquet. In the 1950s, he went on to play with the groups of Lowell Fulson and Earl Bostic. Turrentine received his only formal musical training during his military stint in the mid-'50s. In 1959, he left the military and went straight into the band of the drummer Max Roach. He married the organist Shirley Scott in 1960 and the two frequently played and recorded together. In the 1960s, he started working with organist Jimmy Smith, and made many soul...

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On Jun 28, 2011. 1:40pm
Christopher Lynch said

Ironically, only last night I was enjoying his marvellous album, "The Spoiler" - great Monday night listening after a stressful day. This splendid album finds him in the company of greats including Blue Mitchell, Pepper Adams, McCoy Tyner and James Spaulding among others. The material covered is equally outstanding with items like "Sunny", and "When The Sun Comes Out" featured.
S.T. certainly had the knack of surrounding himself with equally superb musicians as well as the skill to select and compose outstanding tunes for his albums.

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