Duke Pearson

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Krentz Ratings:
Bags Groove (1961), 5.5/10
A New Perspective (1963), 7/10
Idle Moments (1963), 7/10
Wahoo (1964), 7/10
Sweet Honey Bee (1966), 6/10
The Right Touch (1967), 6/10

Bud Powell-influenced pianist Duke Pearson (1932) was one of hard-bop's main composers, thanks to Jeannine, off Bags Groove (august 1961), Cristo Redentor for Donald Byrd's A New Perspective (january 1963), the memorable Idle Moments and Nomad for Grant Green's Idle Moments (november 1963), Amanda and Bedouin for his own best album, Wahoo (november 1964). Pearson was shifting towards soul-jazz, albeit in a classy and brainy way, as proven by his mature albums of original compositions for larger ensembles: Sweet Honey Bee (december 1966), that featured a sextet with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, alto saxophonist James Spaulding and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, and The Right Touch (september 1967), for an octet with Hubbard, Spaulding and tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine.
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