Duke Pearson – Sweet Honey Bee

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Pianist/composer Duke Pearson leads an all-star group on this run-through of seven of his compositions. The musicians (trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, altoist James Spaulding, Joe Henderson on tenor, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Mickey Roker, and the pianist/leader) are actually more impressive than many of the compositions, although the swinging minor-toned “Big Bertha” deserved to become a standard. The frameworks are quite intelligent (and everyone doesn’t solo on each selection), and the improvisations are concise and clearly related to each tune’s melody and mood.

Personnel: Duke Pearson (piano); James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ron Carter (bass); Mickey Roker (drums).

Tracklist

01. Sweet Honey Bee
02. Sudel
03. After The Rain
04. Gaslight
05. Big Bertha
06. Empathy
07. Ready Rudy?

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2 Responses to “Duke Pearson – Sweet Honey Bee”

  1. kev says:

    Damn, you are on a roll. Outstanding selection. Anything Henderson plays on is a must-have.

  2. icoisa says:

    thanks to everybody and Rappamelo for the grat music in there. Happy new year to all the “good listeners”.

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