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Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, James Spaulding...,
This review is from: The Right Touch (Audio CD)
..all guest here, but I'm afraid for me this album never really catches fire. It's played in little big-band style with themes that have a slighlty somnolent, supper-club air to them at times, that even Hubbard sounds slightly restricted by. There are highlights, however, the bluesy numbers, like the slow crawl of 'Scrap Iron' and the funky 'Chili Peppers' are a perfect environment for Turrentine to show off his r'n'b-drenched splutter and growl, and Hubbard breaks out on the livelier and slightly trickier theme of 'Los Malos Hombres', although Spaulding has more difficulty with it it seems.
Part of the problem is Pearson's piano playing I think, his solos rarely stray far from the source material and never really seem to build much, mixed with a lack of solo space for the horn players to really stretch out.
There are good aspects to it and if you're a fan of Turrentine you'll enjoy his work here, there are catchy themes and solid bass and drum work but, overall, especially given the cast list, I found it a little underwhelming.