Blue Hour

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Blue Hour
Blue Hour (1961 Stanley Turrentine and The Three Sounds album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1961[1]
RecordedJune 29 & December 16, 1960
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
GenreJazz
Length37:30 original LP
84:25 The Complete Sessions
LabelBlue Note
BST 84057
ProducerAlfred Lion
Stanley Turrentine chronology
Look Out!
(1960)
Blue Hour
(1961)
Comin' Your Way
(1961)
The Three Sounds chronology
It Just Got to Be
(1960)
Blue Hour
(1961)
Hey There
(1961)

Blue Hour is a collaboration album by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and The Three Sounds recorded for the Blue Note label and performed by Turrentine with Gene Harris, Andrew Simpkins and Bill Dowdy.[2] The album was reissued in 2000 with an additional disc of unreleased recordings, as Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions (Blue Note 24586).[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden awarded the 2000 2CD Reissue 3 stars and describes it as "a very relaxed and bluesy release".[3] The original album was awarded 4½ stars by Michael Erlewine of Allmusic.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP

  1. "I Want a Little Girl" (Murray Mencher, Billy Moll) - 7:03
  2. "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" (Andy Razaf, Don Redman) - 5:20
  3. "Blue Riff" (Gene Harris) - 6:26
  4. "Since I Fell for You" (Buddy Johnson) - 8:46
  5. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell) - 9:55

Bonus tracks on Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions CD 2:

  1. "Blues in the Closet" (Pettiford) - 5:00
  2. "Just in Time" (Comden, Green, Styne) - 5:40
  3. "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" [Alternate Take] - 5:33
  4. "Where or When" (Hart, Rodgers) - 7:00
  5. "Blue Hour" (Gene Harris) - 5:14
  6. "There Is No Greater Love" (Jones, Symes) - 8:24
  7. "Alone Together" (Dietz, Schwartz) - 4:40
  8. "Strike up the Band" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 5:24

Recorded on December 16, 1960 (original LP & CD 2 tracks 1-3) and June 29, 1960 (CD 2 tracks 4-8).

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Mar 20, 1961
  2. ^ Stanley Turrentine discography accessed January 4, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Dryden, K. Allmusic Review accessed January 4, 2010.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1424. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.