How Insensitive (album)

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How Insensitive
How Insensitive (album).jpg
Studio album by Duke Pearson
Released 1969
Recorded April 11, April 14 & May 5, 1969
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note
Producer Duke Pearson
Duke Pearson chronology
Now Hear This
How Insensitive
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How Insensitive is the fourteenth album by American pianist and arranger Duke Pearson featuring performances by Pearson's band augmented by a choir, recorded over three sessions in 1969 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 2 stars stating "Each song on How Insensitive boasts extravagant, layered arrangements that flirt with schmaltz, but the voicings and attack are so unusual, the result is a weird variation on easy listening. There is little opportunity for Pearson to showcase his tasteful playing through improvisation, yet the arrangements are so off-kilter, the music never quite works as background music. In other words, it's a very interesting failure and one of the strangest by-products of Blue Note's late-'60s commercialization".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Pearson except as indicated
  1. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) - 4:39
  2. "Clara" (George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) - 2:43
  3. "Give Me Your Love" - 3:24
  4. "Cristo Redentor" - 3:53
  5. "Little Song" (Jack Manno) - 2:53
  6. "How Insensitive" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel) - 2:13
  7. "Sandalia Dela" (Pearson, Manno) - 3:28
  8. "My Love Waits (O Meu Amor Espera)" (Pearson, Manno) - 4:35
  9. "Tears" (Eumir Deodato, Ray Gilbert, Paulo Valle) - 3:29
  10. "Lamento" (Jobim, de Moraes) - 2:51
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ on April 11 (tracks 1 & 3-5), April 14 (tracks 2, 6 & 8), & May 5 (tracks 7, 9 & 10), 1969



  1. ^ Duke Pearson discography accessed September 10, 2010
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed September 10, 2010