- Released: March 9, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 1.Sweet Honey Bee
- 3.After The Rain
- 5.Big Bertha
- 7.Ready Rudy
Personnel: Duke Pearson (piano); James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ron Carter (bass); Mickey Roker (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 7, 1966. Inlcudes liner notes by Nat Hentoff and Bob Blumenthal.
This is part of Blue Note's RVG series.
Personnel: Duke Pearson (piano); James Spaulding (flute, alto saxophone); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Mickey Roker (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: New York, NY (12/07/1966); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (12/07/1966).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
Arranger: Duke Pearson.
Pianist/composer Duke Pearson leads an all-star group on this run-through of seven of his compositions. The musicians (trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, altoist James Spaulding, Joe Henderson on tenor, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Mickey Roker, and the pianist/leader) are actually more impressive than many of the compositions, although the swinging minor-toned "Big Bertha" deserved to become a standard. The frameworks are quite intelligent (and everyone doesn't solo on each selection), and the improvisations are concise and clearly related to each tune's melody and mood. Although not quite essential, this CD reissue has some rewarding music. ~ Scott Yanow