The Return of the Prodigal Son (album)

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The Return of the Prodigal Son
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Studio album by Stanley Turrentine
Released May 13, 2008
Recorded June 23, 1967 (#1-6)
July 28, 1967 (#7-10)
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 58:50
Label Blue Note
Blue Note 17462
Producer Alfred Lion
Stanley Turrentine chronology
A Bluish Bag
(1967)A Bluish Bag1967
The Return of the Prodigal Son
The Look of Love
(1968)The Look of Love1968

The Return of the Prodigal Son is an album by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine consisting of two sessions recorded for the Blue Note label in 1967 and arranged by Duke Pearson featuring McCoy Tyner[1]

Tracks 1, 4, 6 were originally issued on New Time Shuffle (1979, LT 993), along with tracks 1 and 3-5 from A Bluish Bag. Tracks 2-3 and 5 had previously been issued on the collection Stanley Turrentine (1975, BN-LA 394-2), whilst track 9 was released in 1995 on The Lost Grooves.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 3½ stars and states "While hitting up a handful of the pop tunes of the day, Turrentine shows he is interested in and capable of tackling more modern compositions... this represents a prelude to the success that would deservedly come his way".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Return of the Prodigal Son" (Harold Ousley) - 6:36
  2. "Pres Delight" [aka "Flying Jumbo"] (Turrentine) - 7:06
  3. "Bonita" (Gene Lees, Ray Gilbert, Antonio Carlos Jobim) - 6:10
  4. "New Time Shuffle" (Joe Sample) - 5:55
  5. "Better Luck Next Time" (Irving Berlin) - 5:18
  6. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 4:36
  7. "Dr. Feelgood" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) - 5:41
  8. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) - 6:02
  9. "You Want Me to Stop Loving You" (Wild Bill Davis) - 5:28
  10. "Dr. Feelgood" [Alternate Take] - 5:58




  1. ^ Stanley Turrentine discography accessed January 7, 2010.
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed January 7, 2010.