Joe Turner – Stormy Monday – Cassette
This release contains six selections taken from Big Joe Turner’s 1974-78 Pablo sessions but never previously released. The veteran blues singer is joined by a variety of famous and obscure musicians with guitarist Pee Wee Crayton and pianist Lloyd Glenn appearing on the majority of the tracks. The most interesting selection, “Stormy Monday,” is taken from a 1974 encounter with trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Harry “Sweets” Edison. The first half of the ten-minute performance works well, with each of the trumpeters getting a solo, but then it rambles on aimlessly, demonstrating why the performance went unreleased. The other five numbers (which include one appearance by altoist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson) are more coherent and Turner sounds consistently strong. Overall this is a worthwhile set for Big Joe Turner fans.
1. Long Way From Home
2. Somebody To Love
3. Stormy Monday
4. Time After Time
5. Love Is Like A Fauct
6. The Things That I Used To Do