1980 Stanley Turrentine – Betcha

Stanley William Turrentine (April 5, 1934 – September 12, 2000) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He began his career playing soul jazz for Blue Note Records, touched on jazz fusion during a stint on CTI Records in the 1970s, and was described by critic Steve Huey as “renowned for his distinctively thick, rippling tone [and] earthy grounding in the blues.” Turrentine was married to organist Shirley Scott in the 1960s, with whom he frequently recorded, and was the younger brother of trumpeter Tommy Turrentine.

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 jazz recordings both with Smith and as a leader.

In the 1970s, after his professional split and divorce from Scott, Turrentine turned to jazz fusion and signed for Creed Taylor’s CTI label. His first album for CTI, Sugar proved one of his biggest successes and a seminal recording for the label. He worked with Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Richard Tee, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, Grant Green and Eric Gale, to name a few. He returned to soul jazz in the 1980s and into the 1990s.


1  Take Me Home (Michelle Aller, Bob Esty) 4:25
2  Love Is the Answer (Todd Rundgren) 4:59
3  Betcha (L McDonald, S Schwartz) 6:30
4  Concentrate on You (H Johnston) 4:33
5  You (Sonny Henry) 5:53
6  Hamlet (So Peaceful) (Stanley Turrentine) 4:57
7  Long Time Gone (Sonny Henry) 4:27
8  Together Again (Sonny Henry) 4:43



BassEddie Watkins Jr
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarLee Ritenour
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarWahWah Watson
GuitarCharles Fearing
GuitarThom Rotella
KeyboardsSonny Burke
SynthesizerTodd Cochrane
SynthesizerEddie Brown
SaxStanley Turrentine
VibraphoneGary Coleman
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionEddie Brown
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsLynn Davis
Background VocalsAndrea Robinson
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
Background VocalsJohn Lehman
Background VocalsZedric Turnbough

Liner Notes

Producer – Stanley Turrentine
Arranged By – Gene Page
Conductor – Gene Page

Distributed By – WEA Records Pty. Limited
Manufactured By – WEA Records Pty. Limited
Recorded At – Dawnbreaker Studios
Mastered At – Allen Zentz Recording