SLEEVE: NM- MEDIA: NM YEAR: 1979 ORIGIN: Japan EXTRAS: Obi & insert, Promo
Stanley Turrentine's tenor sax at Blue Note Records in the '60s created the foundation for soul-jazz. With Creed Taylor's CTI Records in the '70s, Turrentine became more of a crossover artist, producing a laid-back, jazz-influenced sound with a subtle, raw edge. His move to Fantasy saw a transition to a light funk fusion, even forays into disco, before joining Elektra in '79. Here, he released three albums dabbling in smooth jazz fusion, like Betcha. Numerous electric guitarists, including Lee Ritenour, David T. Walker and "Wah Wah" Watson, back Turrentine, but none of the funkiness of "Betcha" and "Long Time Gone" is fully realized. Synthesizers and massed guitars provide a grand sound, yet it's ultimately muted by the sweeping arrangements, leaving the album empty but still striking.