Stanley Turrentine's new album, "Do You Have Any Sugar?" is really two albums in one. The first, recorded with such pop-jazz pros as Greg Phillinganes and Abe Laboriel, is the sort of smooth-jazz exercise that brought Turrentine so much commercial success and so little artistic respect in the '70s and '80s. These seven numbers are better-than-average for the genre, especially when Niki Harris sings the Bob Telson ballad, "Calling You," and when Alex Acuna adds a Latin beat to the soul-jazz of "Keep On Keepin' On."
Far better, though, is the second album hidden within "Do You Have Any Sugar?" Turrentine tackled four straight-ahead be-bop numbers with the all-star rhythm section of pianist Joe Sample, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Harvey Mason. On these three finger-snapping swing tunes and one romantic ballad, Turrentine's tenor sax invents winning variations on the themes without ever obscuring the melodies' intrinsic pleasures. "Back in the Day" hearkens back to a time in the late-'50s and early-'60s when Turrentine's inviting tone and instinctive phrasing made him one of the most promising saxophonists on the scene.
Appearing through Sunday at Blues Alley. To hear a free Sound Bite from Stanley Turrentine, call Post-Haste at 202/334-9000 and press 8130. (Prince William residents, call 690-4110.)