Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Duke Pearson - Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (1998)

Duke Pearson - Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (1998)
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Genre ~ Big Band, Hard-Bop | Label ~ Blue Note

Duke Pearson had always displayed a flair for arranging, even on small combo albums, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that he would attempt his own big band record. What is a surprise is how successful Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band actually is. Pearson leads 13 other musicians through a selection of nine songs, including four originals, two contemporary jazz tunes by Chick Corea and Joe Sample, and three standards. His originals are continually unpredictable and memorable, and his arrangements, especially of the standards, are provocative and intriguing. While it might not appeal to fans of Pearson's wonderful small-group hard bop sessions, it is unquestionably an experiment that works, and one that confirms his remarkable skills and talents. ~Allmusic

01. Ground Hog (3:07)
02. New Girl (6:04)
03. Bedouin (5:28)
04. Straight Up and Down (7:00)
05. Ready When You Are C.B. (2:56)
06. New Time Shuffle (5:36)
07. Mississippi Dip (2:36)
08. A Taste of Honey (5:30)
09. Time after Time (4:12)
10. Disapproachment (5:50)
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 (6:02)

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

All tracks arranged by Duke Pearson, except #10 arranged by Frank Foster
Original sessions produced by Duke Pearson
Produced for release by Bob Belden
Tracks #1-9 were recorded on December 15, 1967
Tracks #10-15 were recorded on December 3, 1968
Recording by Rudy Van Gelder, at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Cover design by Forlenza-Venosa Associates
Cover photos by Joe Brodsky
Liner notes by Alan Grant