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Having noticed Tommy Turrentine’s name on a handful of albums here and there, I was not surprised to discover that he was indeed related to saxophonist Stanley; he was, in fact, the tenor man’s older brother. The trumpet-playing Turrentine only made one album as a leader before leaving professional music in the mid-1960s. However, he shows up as a sideman on a number of great albums, and turns out to thoroughly deserve his presence on a web site I stumbled across dedicated to "the ten most underrated trumpeters in jazz." Like Blue Mitchell, he’s bright-toned but not strident, overflowing with well-articulated ideas and an all-around great example of the craft of playing the changes. Like Kenny Dorham, he worked with the big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine, as well as those of Benny Carter and Count Basie. But after a stint with Max Roach in the 1950s, Turrentine made a handful of recordings with the likes of organist John Patton, altoist Jackie McLean, pianist Horace Parlan and 50 Licks favorites Sonny Clark, Dexter Gordon and Lou Donaldson, as well as his 1960 solo effort, Tommy Turrentine, with Roach, brother Stanley on tenor and Parlan on piano.