Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band

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Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band
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Studio album by Duke Pearson
Released 1968
Recorded December 15, 1967 (#1-9)
December 3, 1968 (#10-15)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 42:23 original LP
Label Blue Note
BST 84276
Producer Duke Pearson
Duke Pearson chronology
The Right Touch
(1967)The Right Touch1967
Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band
The Phantom
(1968)The Phantom1968

Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band is the eleventh album by American pianist and arranger Duke Pearson featuring big band performances recorded in 1967 and released on the Blue Note label.[1] The album was rereleased with six bonus tracks from Now Hear This, Pearson's 1968 big band recording, on a single CD in 1998.


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4 stars stating, "Duke Pearson returned to a big band setting for Now Hear This!, once again proving his agility and inventiveness as an arranger and leader... Even if much of this music is beautiful, Pearson's arrangements take chances and are unconventional, which means it rewards close listening as well".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Pearson except as indicated
  1. "Ground Hog" - 3:06
  2. "New Girl" - 6:04
  3. "Bedouin" - 5:27
  4. "Straight Up and Down" (Chick Corea) - 6:59
  5. "Ready When You Are C.B." - 2:56
  6. "New Time Shuffle" (Joe Sample) - 5:36
  7. "Mississippi Dip" - 2:35
  8. "A Taste of Honey" (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) - 5:29
  9. "Time After Time" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) - 4:11

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Disapproachment" (Frank Foster) - 5:49
  2. "Tones for Joan's Bones" (Corea) - 5:33
  3. "Minor League" - 6:37
  4. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 4:26
  5. "Make It Good" - 4:41
  6. "Days of Wine and Roses" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) - 6:01



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