Saturday, April 8, 2017

Duke Pearson - Prairie Dog

This 1966 date by Duke Pearson with an octet was originally issued by Atlantic. [...T]his is Pearson in full soul-jazz mode, driven deeply by the blues, with an all-star band (not all members play on all tunes) : drummer Mickey Roker ; Harold Vick on soprano ; James Spaulding on flute and alto ; bassist Bob Cranshaw ; trumpeter Johnny Coles ; tenor George Coleman ; guitarist Gene Bertoncini ; and Pearson on piano and celeste. Most of these tunes start out delicately, almost like chamber jazz (nearly MJQ style), moving around on small melodic figures. "The Fakir" begins with a tender, gentle flute solo by Spaulding, and uproots itself by turning into a massive Latin-style groover based on the rhythmic middle of "My Favorite Things." "Prairie Dog" opens with the horns playing a slow, drawling blues that Pearson fills with his piano. It's a re-visioning of "I'm An Old Cowhand" morphed into a blues. Joe Henderson's "Soulin'" is exactly that : a strutting blues, where Coleman digs deep into the nasty edge of his horn, and Pearson's changes are short, choppy, percussive. The reading of "Angel Eyes" that closes the set is so utterly sophisticated in its arrangement, it's like Pearson telling the band to lay nothing all the time, as the melody floats in after a gorgeous little rhythmic pattern played by the section, it finds its charm in an airy counterpoint and with beautiful soloing from Bertoncini, Coles' muted trumpet, and Coleman. This is as fine as any date Pearson released for Atlantic, and grooves all the way through, seamlessly.
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gcfexqlgldse

Duke Pearson
Prairie Dog
(WPCR-27166)

Tracks

1 The Fakir (Pearson)  5:14
2 Prairie Dog (Pearson)  6:45
3 Hush-A-Bye (Fain, Seelen)  4:11
4 Soulin' (Henderson)  6:59
5 Little Waltz (Carter)  6:04
6 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis)  5:28

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Personnel
Duke Pearson - p & cel
Harold Vick - ss & ts
James Spaulding - fl & as
George Coleman - ts
Johnny Coles - tp
Gene Bertoncini - g
Bob Cranshaw - b
Mickey Roker - d

Recorded in New York ; 1966

22 comments:

BigD said...

Thanks for the Duke Pearson. I haven't seen this record. You are on top of things. I can't wait to listen.

jpo said...

another awesome post!

grumpy said...

Thanks for the upgrade to lossless. This has grown on me and I now prefer it to the later Blue Notes.

jazzlover said...

Other great post,thank you Melanchthon.

Heervee said...

DP with GB, Since I listened to Sweet Honey Bee you pested here some time ago, I became a big fan of DP. With GB, this one should be terrific. Thank you Mel.

VeryBlasted said...

Wouah!

stringbender said...

Many thanks for posting this great side.

Heervee said...

really pleased to get it back, my drive crashed some time ago! thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for this great Duke Pearson album, Mel.

fcapeau said...

That's a rare session ! I listned to Prairie Dog 20 or 25 years ago, And it's the same pleasure to-day ... Many thanks, Mel.

Play-full / Chico said...

Hi Melanchthon,

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Mike said...

Once again, thank you for all these great downloads. Terrific!

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Great one! Thank you.

DEEP said...

Prairie CLASP!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you, Mel!

musician3 said...

GREAT.................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel.

bventure said...

Many thansk for the new link, great stuff.

Kovina Kris said...

This looks like one of those albums that any serious jazz collection should have. Thank you very much!

kristophermc28 said...

This looks like a good one! Thanks Mel.