【The Duke Pearson Nonet – Honeybuns】 (1961) [2001 Remastered]

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My Favorite Album (397)

 

By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

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Rating

Musical Performance     ★★★☆

Sound Quality               ★★★☆

Overall Enjoyment         ★★★☆


本日もまたClassic系です(新譜疲れ?)。個人的にはPianistというよりArrangerとして評価しているDuke Pearsonの隠れ名盤(?)Nonetと言えば九重奏ですね。当たり前か。フロントは6人です。割りと標準的な編成ですが、フルートを一本加えているところが効果的ですね。

 

収録曲のほとんどがDuke Pearsonのオリジナル。Opener ”Honeybuns”Jazz Rock。まぁコイツは忘れよう(笑)。続く”New Girl”Pearsonのアレンジの真骨頂。Introのフルートをトップに持ってくるとっても心地よいアンサンブル。メロディーをユニゾンから始めて段々と厚くしていくとろなんぞ、心憎ねぇ。ブリっとハミ出るPepper AdamsBaritone Saxもいい味出してます。Johnny Colesのソロはいつもの如くオリジナリティーに溢れている。大好き、この人。中間部のInterludeのアンサンブルは一転してAlto Leadの、「お手本」のようなアンサンブル。

Duke Pearsonのアレンジのいい処は決してLoudにならないところ。「分厚くしてffで迫力出して」っていうモノと対局にある、どこまでいっても洒脱で趣味の良いアレンジ。アンサンブル。

CompositionQualityも高く、オマケにリマスタリングも大変良好

極上のアンサンブルとソロが楽しめる、しっとりと過ごしたい秋の夜にピッタリな1です


Personnel

Duke Pearson - piano, arranger

George Coleman - tenor saxophone

Pepper Adams - baritone saxophone, clarinet

James Spaulding - alto saxophone

Johnny Coles - trumpet

Garnett Brown - trombone

Les Spann - flute

Bob Cranshaw - bass

Mickey Roker - drums

 

Track listing

All compositions by Duke Pearson except as indicated

1. Honeybuns - 7:07

2. New Girl - 5:15

3. You Know I Care - 4:08

4. Is That So? - 4:15

5. Our Love (Buddy Bernier, Larry Clinton, Bob Emmerich) - 4:07

6. Heavy Legs - 5:58

Recorded in New York City on May 25 & 26, 1965

 

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/honeybuns/id76041956


Buy CD

http://www.hmv.co.jp/artist_Duke-Pearson_000000000003824/item_Honeybuns-Ltd-24bit-Rmt_5072880

 

Review

Recorded in New York, New York on May 25 & 26, 1965. Originally released on Atlantic (3002). Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff. All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology. This 1998 Koch CD reissues a Duke Pearson LP from 1966, containing music from the previous year. Other than "Our Love" (a familiar classical theme adapted to American pop music by Larry Clinton), all six selections are originals by the pianist. Utilizing a nonet that includes trumpeter Johnny Coles (who does his best to be soulful on "Honeybuns"), trombonist Garnett Brown, flutist Les Spann, altoist James Spaulding, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, baritonist Pepper Adams, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker, Pearson performs music in a style that would have fit in quite well on Blue Note. Most memorable among his originals is "Is That So." This is not an essential date, but it is nice to have this rarity back in print again.

 

 ~ Scott Yanow

This 1998 Koch CD reissues a Duke Pearson LP from 1966, containing music from the previous year. Other than "Our Love" (a familiar classical theme adapted to American pop music by Larry Clinton), all six selections are originals by the pianist. Utilizing a nonet that includes trumpeter Johnny Coles (who does his best to be soulful on "Honeybuns"), trombonist Garnett Brown, flutist Les Spann, altoist James Spaulding, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, baritonist Pepper Adams, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker, Pearson performs music in a style that would have fit in quite well on Blue Note. Most memorable among his originals is "Is That So." This is not an essential date, but it is nice to have this rarity back in print again.