Duke Pearson (p), Gene Taylor (b), Lex Humphries (d)
Reference: FSRCD 638
Columbus Calvin Pearson Jr. (Atlanta, Georgia, August 17, 1932, August 4, 1980), better known as Duke Pearson, set great store by lyricism and flowing, effortless swing every time he played. I try to get to the heart of each tune, he said. I try to get to the meaning of someone elses tune. He was equally adept when scoring his own compositions or setting the work of others.
This brilliant pianist was not afraid of unabashed romanticism, a quality very much in evidence throughout his improvisations on these trio performances and expressed through his gentle, warm, almost sensuous touch. Alongside him, bassist Gene Taylors work is unfailingly impeccable, and Lex Humphries provides ample confirmation of his reputation as a sensitive, thoroughly reliable drummer.
The interaction within the group is at all times of the highest level in a virtually flawless demonstration of the art of reflective, many-faceted jazz piano trio playing.
01. Like Someone In Love
02. Black Coffee
04. Im Glad There Is You
05. Gate City Blues
06. Two Mile Run
08. Bluebird of Happiness
09. Im a Fool to Want You
10. I Love You
11. When Sonny Gets Blue
12. The Golden Striker
13. On Green Dolphin Street
14. 3 A.M.
Personnel on both albums:
Duke Pearson (p), Gene Taylor (b) and Lex Humphries (d).
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Tracks #1-7 on October 29, and #8-14 on December 6, 1959
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"Duke Pearson was significant as an arranger, composer and producer. 'Profile & Tender Feelin's' puts the spotlight on his piano playing on a pair of fairly obscure 1959 trio albums with bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Lex Humphries. Throughout, Pearson shows that he was a top hard bop pianist influenced by Bud Powell but already at this early stage displaying his own musical personality."
Scott Yanow -Los Angeles Jazz Scene