Sunday, 20 December 2009

The Duke Pearson Nonet ''Honeybuns''

The Duke Pearson Nonet

( LP Atlantic Records, 1965 )
Catalog # LP 3002

New Girl
You Know I Care
Is That So?
Our Love
Heavy Legs

Personnel & Notes:
Johnny Coles (tp)
Garnett Brown (tb)
Les Spann (fl)
James Spaulding (as)
George Coleman (ts)
Pepper Adams (bars, cl)
Duke Pearson (p, arr)
Bob Cranshaw (b)
Mickey Roker (d)
Recorded in NYC, May 25 & 26, 1965
** Also issued on Atlantic SD 3002

This reissue of a Duke Pearson LP from 1966, containing music from the previous year. Other than "Our Love" (a familiar classical theme adapted to American pop music by Larry Clinton), all six selections are originals by the pianist. Utilizing a nonet that includes trumpeter Johnny Coles (who does his best to be soulful on "Honeybuns"), trombonist Garnett Brown, flutist Les Spann, altoist James Spaulding, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, baritonist Pepper Adams, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker, Pearson performs music in a style that would have fit in quite well on Blue Note. Most memorable among his originals is "Is That So." This is not an essential date, but it is nice to have this rarity back in print again.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Pier

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