DUKE PEARSON

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Born Columbus Calvin Pearson, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, Pearson first studied brass instruments at the early age of five, but dental issues forced him to pursue another instrument and he started to learn the piano. His budding talent moved his uncle to give him the nickname Duke, a reference to jazz legend Duke Ellington. He attended Clark College while also playing trumpet in groups in the Atlanta area before joining the United States Army in the early 1950s. Pearson continued to perform with different ensembles in Georgia and Florida, including with Tab Smith and Little Willie John, before he moved to New York, New York in January of 1959. After moving to New York, Pearson gained the attention of Donald Byrd who saw Pearson performing with the the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Sextet (also known as Jazztet). Shortly afterwards, Byrd asked him to join his newly formed band, the Donald Byrd-Pepper read more...
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DUKE PEARSON Profile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Profile
Hard Bop 1959
DUKE PEARSON Tender Feelin's album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Tender Feelin's
Hard Bop 1960
DUKE PEARSON Hush! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hush!
Hard Bop 1962
DUKE PEARSON Wahoo! album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Wahoo!
Hard Bop 1965
DUKE PEARSON Prairie Dog album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prairie Dog
Hard Bop 1966
DUKE PEARSON Sweet Honey Bee album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Sweet Honey Bee
Hard Bop 1967
DUKE PEARSON The Right Touch album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Right Touch
Big Band 1967
DUKE PEARSON The Phantom album cover 4.55 | 2 ratings
The Phantom
Hard Bop 1968
DUKE PEARSON Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band album cover 4.82 | 2 ratings
Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band
Big Band 1968
DUKE PEARSON Angel Eyes (aka Bags Groove) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel Eyes (aka Bags Groove)
Hard Bop 1968
DUKE PEARSON How Insensitive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How Insensitive
Latin Jazz 1969
DUKE PEARSON Now Hear This album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now Hear This
Big Band 1969
DUKE PEARSON Merry Ole Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Merry Ole Soul
Hard Bop 1969
DUKE PEARSON It Could Only Happen With You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It Could Only Happen With You
Latin Jazz 1974
DUKE PEARSON I Don't Care Who Knows It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Don't Care Who Knows It
Post Bop 1996

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DUKE PEARSON Honeybuns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Honeybuns
Hard Bop 1966
DUKE PEARSON Baltimore 1969 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baltimore 1969
Big Band 2013

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DUKE PEARSON Dedication! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dedication!
Hard Bop 1970
DUKE PEARSON Mosaic Select 8: Duke Pearson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mosaic Select 8: Duke Pearson
Big Band 2003
DUKE PEARSON On Green Dolphin Street album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Green Dolphin Street
Hard Bop 2014
DUKE PEARSON The Classic Albums Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Classic Albums Collection
Hard Bop 2018

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DUKE PEARSON Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band

Album · 1968 · Big Band
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Duke Pearson is one of the most underrated of all the pianists of Blue Note records, Influenced by Horace Silver and Bud Powell to lesser degree, Duke's Genius lies within his arranging abilities, and Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band is Proof of that, in particular, Duke has a knack for subtle reworkings of standards, "Taste of Honey" is perfect example, with a tasty flute solo, and a surprise ending, The album kicks off with "Ground Hog" a playful funky number that has a contemporary feel, followed by "New Girl" with it's classic swinging theme, with a nice modal groove to solo off of, reminds me a bit of a Miles Davis style tune, "Miles Stones" comes to mind, I can't say enough about the album, and Pearson in general, I love the use of the flute in many of his albums, "Bedouin" and "Taste of Honey" get the treatment here, The former has a real Caravanesque exotic vibe, Other albums I highly recommend are, Sweet Honey Bee, Wahoo, and The Right Touch, all Blue Notes, and in My opinion, as good as anything put out on the label in the mid 60's.

You can also check Duke's Piano playing out on other sessions, Grant Green's Idle Moments, Johnny Coles's Little Johnny C, and Bobby Hutcherson's The Kicker, Duke was basically the house arranger for Blue Note throughout the 60's after the death of Ike Quebec, And Duke is a big part of the Blue Note legacy, Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band is a nice place to start that investigation.

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