Sweet Honey Bee
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Well-known for his superlative arranging skills for big band as well as smaller ensembles,and as a solid main-stream pianist,this recording is a
good testimonial to all of these attributes.I consider SWEET HONEY BEE to be the finest recording during his tenure at BLUE NOTE RECORDS.This sextet is polished,with some great originals by Pearson,top-shelf soloing all around, and a really superb rhythm section,with Freddie Hubbard,James Spaulding,and Joe Henderson taking full advantage of the moment.Standouts for me were the surreal qualities of 'GAS LIGHT',which merits a thoughtful and hi-calibre solo by Henderson,and the straight ahead 'one-two punch' of 'BIG BERTHA'.Hubbard,Spaulding and Henderson really 'smoke'this one,with the sparkling drive of Roker,Carter,and Duke spurring them on.On both these tunes Pearson really diplays his remarkable compositional and arranging skills.This comes highly reccomended.Also, two other suberb CD's with Duke Pearson as leader,are 'THE DUKE PEARSON BIG BAND' (Blue Note Records),and 'PROFILE'(with Stanley Turrentine/Blue Note Records).Enjoy! Health and happiness.
I don't play vinyl anymore, sadly, can't afford, and don't have room and facilities for turntable. But I do have hundreds of CD's, and of course, hundreds of vinyls duplicated with the CD's, I know, sad.But Duke has always been in my top ten list of musicians, forever. Sweet Honey Bee, I believe is a classic and will forever reign has one Duke's best efforts.
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The album was delivered very fast and in good quality thank you!Published 2 months ago by Beth Wilborn
everything ok sadly a most underrated pianist and arranger - and sadly perhaps more or less forgotten?Published 6 months ago by Peter Brandt Pedersen
Duke Pearson - Sweet Honey Bee
I first heard Duke Pearson on an early Byrd album and remember saying how amazed I was by his piano player...... Read more
I had the radio on listening to my favorite jazz show with Bob Parlocha in Nashville, Tn. And Duke Pearson's Gaslight came on and I was so compelled to get up at 4:40 am to go... Read morePublished on March 27, 2004 by Jimmy Whitley