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EARL TURBINTON <br> Original Test Pressing for Brothers for Life <br> 1988 (Wakefield Manufacturing for Rounder Records)

Details: Test Pressing made by Wakefield Manufacturing for Rounder Records, 1988

Condition: Vinyl VG+, jacket VG

This is an original test pressing for New Orleans alto sax player Earl Turbinton's 1988 release with Rounder Records, BROTHERS FOR LIFE. The plain white jacket has written in the upper left corner: "Rou-2064 A/B Earl Turbinton" and there is a sticker with a signature near the bottom which states:

Dear Customer:
I am proud to say that I helped make and carefully inspect this test pressing to ensure your complete satisfaction. I'm sure that you will be pleased with the quality, but if for some reason it does not meet your specifications, please return this slip with a pressing to your account executive. Thank you for letting me work for you. Crystal Castle.

The record comes with no liner notes whatsoever, and no information on the label except the Wakefield manufacturing logo.

From the All Music Guide:

Alto saxophonist Earl Turbinton and keyboardist Willie Tee moved into more adventurous territory than normal on this 1988 date. While each was an experienced blues and R&B stylist, they had also maintained active jazz ties since the 1950s, although they'd only shown it in New Orleans clubs. They cut loose often here, notably on the rousing "Neferdoris" and first-rate cover of Thelonious Monk's "Think Of One." Turbinton's sassy, fiery alto and Tee's lowdown, wide-ranging, expressive piano solos were the highlight, while bassist James Singleton, drummer David Lee, Jr. and percussionist Curtis Pierre added vital support and color, as did guest pianist Wess Anderson on "Think of One" and "Neferdoris."

The tracks are:
1. All Tied Up (Turbinton) - 5:06
2. The Real McCoy (Turbinton) - 8:48
3. Brothers for Life (Turbinton) - 2:11
4. Fat Blues (Turbinton) - 4:17
5. Neferdoris (Turbinton) - 7:57
6. Kingston Town (Traditional) - 3:54
7. Think of One (Monk) - 6:10
8. Upside Down Crescent (Turbinton) - 4:28

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