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Album · 1968

Filed under Big Band
By DUKE PEARSON

Tracklist

A1 Ground Hog 3:00
A2 New Girl 6:00
A3 Bedouin 5:20
A4 Straight Up and Down 6:55
B1 Ready When You Are, C. B. 2:51
B2 New Time Shuffle 5:30
B3 Mississippi Dip 2:30
B4 A Taste of Honey 5:25
B5 Time After Time 4:05

CD reissue bonus tracks:
10. Disapproachment (5:49)
11. Tones For Joan's Bones (5:33)
12. Minor League (6:37)
13. Here's That Rainy Day (4:26)
14. Make It Good (4:41)
15. The Days of Wine and Roses (6:01)

Total Time: 75:37

Line-up/Musicians

Duke Pearson - piano
Joe Shepley, Marvin Stamm, Burt Collins - trumpets (#10-15)
Randy Brecker, Jim Bossey - trumpets (#10-15)
Garnett Brown, Julian Priester - trombones (#1-9)
Jimmy Cleveland - trombone (#10-15)
Kenny Rupp - trombone
Benny Powell - bass trombone
Jerry Dodgion - alto saxophone, flute, piccolo
Al Gibbons - alto saxophone, flue, bass clarinet
Frank Foster, Lew Tabackin - tenor saxophone
Pepper Adams - baritone saxophone
Bob Cranshaw - bass
Mickey Roker - drums

About this release

Blue Note BST 84276

Tracks #1-9 were recorded on December 15, 1967
Tracks #10-15 were recorded on December 3, 1968

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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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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