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Sweet Honey Bee

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Format: Music CD, Blue Note Records. Jazz music CD release from Duke Pearson with the album Sweet Honey Bee. Released on the label Blue Note Records. Bebop Jazz music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000008BYV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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PERSONNEL:
Freddie Hubbard-trumpet
Joe Henderson-tenor sax
James Spaulding-alto sax,flute
Duke Pearson-piano
Ron Carter-bass
Mikey Rocker-drums

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.
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A review I read (not here) bad-mouthed this, but I got a chance to hear it and my ears loved it. Far from a "blowing session," these tunes represent Pearson's compositional and arranging skills, and incorporate tasty solos without abandoning melody and form. A very cool 60s groove.
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This record simply sounds fantastic. Never long-winded in search of some lost chord like much jazz of the period (Miles, can you hear me?), this recording has everlasting core values that should never be forgotten: swing, elegance, dignity and beauty. Two tracks make it a classic; Sudel and Gaslight embody the adjectives listed above. Freddie Hubbard phrases so happily and confidently that he really had no peers in that department. Gaslight will stay with you a lifetime with it's deceptive chord climbs and crafty melodic surprise. The solos are meaningful and never abandon the individual character of each lovely composition. This is rare and, I believe, an underrated attribute often supplanted by many famous jazzmen's attempts to be ultrahip and far-out. The strongest compositions are so fine that the presence of the weaker ones is not a problem for me. To get seven songs, yes, songs, as superb as Gaslight, Sudel and After The Rain really is too much to ask. Play this in a social context and friends will inevitably ask, "who is this?"
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Purchased the original at the release date, can't remember when, but just heard track from it on the radio, and remembered, this is one of my favorite albums of all time.
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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this is my favorite duke pearson cd. It is not as much jazzy as it is loungy (there is less room for soloing, even though the cast is a-list, a big chunk of it is orchestrated), and it definitely has an easy listening quality to it, but once it is on, I can't help but play it again and again.
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