2009 release from the Hard Rock vocalist best known for his stint fronting Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. On Beautiful Mess, for which Jeff Scott Soto has become JSS, he blends the influences he grew up loving into one Beautiful Mess indeed. From the rocking soul of '21st Century' to the sultry 'Gin & Tonic Sky' to the greasy Funk of 'Bring It Home' to the Beatle-esque 'Kick It', JSS leaves no stone unturned on this release, pleasing fans old and new alike. Beautiful Mess was co-written and produced by the savvy Swedish producer/writer Paulo Mendonça.
This albums concept is totally what CTI label boss Creed Taylor was after. The album's title track is from Marvin Gaye's album released around the same time as this "Trouble Man". Both albums are large scale productions with lots of musicians and an Orchestra conducted and arranged on this album by Bob James who also plays keys on the album. The core band of players consists of Ron Carter on acoustic bass, Eric Gale on guitar,Billy Cobham on drums and Richard Tee on organ and keyboards. Pianist Harold Mabern also guests on electric piano. Idris Muhammad also plays drums on a track. The orchestra contains many big jazz names such as Randy Brecker on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Joe Farrell on tenor sax and Jerry Dodigon on alto sax. A who's who of Jazz horn talent all backing Turrentine.