Incredible work from the most productive years of the amazing Duke Pearson
– pianist, arranger, and a key force in the Blue Note sound of the late 60s! Duke
first emerged as a funky pianist with a sound that was in the mode of Bobby Timmons and Les McCann, but which also had a slightly more lyrical influence. He cut some fine straight jazz sides earlier in the 60s, but during the last few years of his life, he really let loose at Blue Note – exploring modal grooves, Brazilian rhythms, vocal soul jazz, and a host of other styles that criss-crossed through the work of his last few sessions. This great little set does a fantastic job of bringing this late Duke
to life – by compiling some of his best albums ever, the sessions that made up the records The Phanton, I Don't Care Who Knows It, It Could Only Happen With You, How Insensitive, and Merry Ole Soul. Along with the usual Blue Note touches, these sides are awash with loads of interesting elements – including vocals by Flora Purim, vibes by Bobby Hutcherson, percussion by Airto, tenor by Frank Foster, reeds by Hermeto Pascoal, and even some electric piano from Duke
himself! The albums together comprise an amazing slice of music – not just for Duke
, but for Blue Note itself – and packaged together like this, the whole thing's a heck of a great bargain! 45 tracks on 3CDs, with great notes, in a limited numbered box!
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase.)