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Duke Pearson

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Duke Pearson was an accomplished, lyrical, and logical — if rather cautious — pianist who also played a large component in shaping the Blue Notice label’s hard bop path in the 1960s like a producer. He’ll probably be greatest remembered for composing several appealing, catchy pieces, probably the most unforgettable becoming the moody “Cristo Redentor” for Donald Byrd, “Nice Honey Bee” for himself and Lee Morgan, and “Jeannine,” which includes turn into a much-covered jazz regular. Pearson was launched to brass devices as well as the piano like a youngsters, and his capabilities on the second option influenced his uncle, an Ellington admirer, to provide him his nickname. Dental care problems pressured Pearson to give up the brass family members, so he worked well like a pianist in Atlanta and somewhere else in Georgia and Florida before shifting to NY in 1959. There, he became a member of Donald Byrd’s music group as well as the Artwork Farmer-Benny Golson Sextet, and offered as Nancy Wilson’s accompanist. In 1963, he organized four figures for jazz septet and eight-voice choir on Byrd’s innovative A FRESH Perspective album; among the music was “Cristo Redentor,” which became a jazz strike. From 1963 to 1970, Pearson was responsible for several recording classes for Blue Notice, while also saving the majority of his albums like a innovator. He also led a large music group from 1967 to 1970 and once again in 1972, employing players like Pepper Adams, Chick Corea, Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, and Garnett Dark brown. Pearson continuing to accompany vocalists in the 1970s, such as for example Carmen McRae, but he spent a great deal of the second option fifty percent of the 10 years fighting the ravages of multiple sclerosis.

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Full Name Duke Pearson
Died August 4, 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Profession Jazz Pianist
Nationality American
Music Songs Jeannine, Sandalia Dela, The Fakir, Christo Redentor, Big Bertha, You Know I Care, New Girl, Say you're mine, Blues for Alvina, Captain Bacardi, Chili Peppers, Los Ojos Alegres, Make It Good, Theme From Rosemary's Baby, After the Rain, Xibaba, Canto Ossanha, Scrap Iron, Stormy, My Love Waits, "Bo", Sweet Honey Bee, Gaslight, Book's Bossa, Bluebird of Happiness, Like Someone in Love, Minor League, Empathy, Sudel, Ready Rudy?, Disapproachment, Upa Neguinho
Albums Tender Feelin's, Sweet Honey Bee, The Right Touch, Wahoo!, Merry Ole Soul, Profile, Now Hear This, How Insensitive, Honeybuns, It Could Only Happen with You, Hush!, Prairie Dog, Dedication!, Baltimore 1969, Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band, The Phantom, Angel Eyes, I Don't Care Who Knows It, Hush! (feat. Donald Byrd & Johnny Coles) [Bonus Track Version], Byrd in Flight (Remastered), Tender Feelin's (Remastered 2015), Four Classic Albums (Tender Feelin's / Byrd in Flight / Profile / Hush) [Remastered], Blues for Alvina, Sunny Sounds, Blue Notes, Vol. 5, On Green Dolphin Street, Expanse, Caribbean Cruise, Broken Colour, Hit It, The Golden Striker, As Light As Straw, Looking for the Gold Masterpieces, Favourite Dish, Explore, Good Old Times, All Over The World, Afternoon Tunes, A Bouquet Of Hits, Be With Me, Man At His Leisure, Confectioner's, Noble Blue, Adrift, Lets Have A Drink, Express Yourself, Groovin' for Nat, Easily Stop Time


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Deputy 1960 TV Series Powell
The Betty Hutton Show 1959 TV Series Freddie
Mannix 1972 TV Series Tiny
Longstreet 1971 TV Series Pete
The Young Lawyers 1970 TV Series Toland
Body Fever 1969 Brett
The All American Honeymoon 1969
Judd for the Defense 1968 TV Series Hanson
Custer 1967 TV Series Deasy
Run for Your Life 1967 TV Series 1st Farmer
Daniel Boone 1967 TV Series Seymour Coot
Iron Horse 1967 TV Series Wykert
The Road West 1966 TV Series Deputy
This Property Is Condemned 1966 Charlie
Stagecoach 1966 Drunken Sergeant
Petticoat Junction 1965 TV Series Herman Crawley
The Cincinnati Kid 1965 Gambler - First Game (uncredited)

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Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dream No Evil 1970 grip - as Bret Pearson

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