Duke Pearson – The Classic Albums Collection (2018)

Duke Pearson - The Classic Albums Collection (2018)
Artist: Duke Pearson
Album: The Classic Albums Collection
Label: Enlightenment
Year Of Release: 2018
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Disc 1
01. Like Someone In Love
02. Black Coffee
03. Taboo
04. Glad There Is You
05. Gate City Blues
06. Two Mile Run
07. Witchcraft
08. Bluebird Of Happiness
09. I’m A Fool To Want You
10. I Love You
11. When Sunny Gets Blue
12. The Golden Striker
13. On Green Dolphin Street
14. 3 A.M

Disc 2
01. Ghana
02. Little Boy Blue
03. Gate City
04. Lex
05. “Bo”
06. My Girl Shirl
07. Bag’s Groove
08. Le Carrousel
09. I’m An Old Cowhand
10. Jeannine
11. Say You’re Mine
12. Exodus

Disc 3
01. Minor Mishap
02. Number Five
03. The Nearness Of You
04. Apothegm
05. Lex
06. Blues For Alvina
07. Time After Time
08. Hush!
09. Child’s Play
10. Angel Eyes
11. Smoothie
12. Sudel
13. Friday’s Child
14. Out Of This World

Disc 4
01. Say You’re Mine
02. Duke’s Mixture
03. Each Time I Think Of You
04. The Cat Walk
05. Cute
06. Hello Bright Sunflower
07. Amanda
08. Bedouin
09. Farewell Machelle
10. Wahoo
11. ESP (Extrasensory Perception)
12. Fly Little Bird Fly


An acclaimed pianist, composer and producer, and an A&R man to boot, Duke Pearson played a crucial role in the development of the hard bop genre at the turn of the 1960s. As a musician, he led many of his own groups and played on the records of a host of jazz greats, most notably by esteemed jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, but also those by Grant Green, Thad Jones and Pepper Adams. And although his recording career was cut tragically short – his time as bandleader lasted little over a decade – a ferocious work ethic led to the great man’s legacy boasting a magnificent catalogue of albums, particularly during the early part of his career. Columbus Calvin Pearson, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 17th August 1932. He began piano lessons from his mother Emily at the age of five, after which, struck by the youngster’s talent, he was nicknamed Duke in honour of pioneering pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington. Duke became interested in brass instruments at the age of 12, ultimately taking up trumpet, which he played in various bands while studying at his hometown’s Clark College. In 1953 he was conscripted into the U.S. Army, and while on service he met pianist Wynton Kelly. Kelly’s influence led to Pearson taking up keyboards again, and following his discharge it would become his instrument of choice for the remainder of his career. Although often underrated and rarely given the acclaim he deserved, Duke Pearson is still a true hero of jazz and his impact and influence remain potent. This collection brings together eight of the finest albums to feature the great man’s work, faithfully remastered to the highest possible standard. Culminating in over five hours of superb music, this set will not only provide the perfect starting point to one of the most important figures in modern jazz, but serves too as a welcome reminder of this musical legend’s finest output.

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