Sugar (Stanley Turrentine album)

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Studio album by Stanley Turrentine
Released November 22, 1970[1]
Recorded November 1970 (#1-4)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
July 18, 1971 (#5)
Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz, Soul jazz, Hard bop
Length 44:40 original LP
Label CTI
CTI 6005
Producer Creed Taylor
Stanley Turrentine chronology
Another Story
(1969)Another Story1969
The Sugar Man
(1971)The Sugar Man1971

Sugar is an album by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, his first recorded for the CTI Records label following his long association with Blue Note, featuring performances by Turrentine with Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Ron Carter, and Billy Kaye with Lonnie Liston Smith added on the title track and Butch Cornell and Richard "Pablo" Landrum on the other two tracks on the original release.[2] The CD rerelease added a live version of the title track recorded at the Hollywood Palladium in 1971.


The album is one of Turrentines best received and was greeted with universal acclaim on release and on subsequent reissues. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars and states "If jazz fans are interested in Turrentine beyond the Blue Note period — and they should be — this is a heck of a place to listen for satisfaction".[3] The All About Jazz review by David Rickert states "Seldom does a group of musicians click on all levels and rise into the stratosphere, but this is one such record, a relic from a time when jazz was going through growing pains but still spawning some interesting projects. Turrentine was one of the lucky few who made his crowning achievement during this time".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Stanley Turrentine except as indicated.
  1. "Sugar" - 10:03
  2. "Sunshine Alley" (Butch Cornell) - 10:48
  3. "Impressions" (John Coltrane) - 14:14
  4. "Gibraltar" - 9:35
  5. "Sugar" [Live] - 14:29 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ CTI disco
  2. ^ Stanley Turrentine discography accessed January 15, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed January 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Rickert, D. Sugar review, All About Jazz, May 6, 2002
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 194. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.