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Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) was born into a musical family in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. (His older brother Tommy would become a professional trumpet player.) Stanley began his prolific career with blues and R&B bands, and was at first greatly influenced by Illinois Jacquet. In the 1950s, he went on to play with the groups of Lowell Fulson and Earl Bostic. He received his only formal musical training during his military stint in the mid- ’50s. In 1959, he jumped from the frying pan into thefire when he left the military and went straight into the band of the great drummer Max Roach. He married organist Shirley Scott in 1960 and the two frequently played and recorded together. In the 1960s, he started working with organist Jimmy Smith, and made many soul jazz recordings both with Smith and as a leader. Look Out! was Turrentine’s second album as a leader and his first for the Blue Note label.
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, June 18, 1960.