Duke Pearson - Merry Ole Soul (1969/2021)

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Duke Pearson - Merry Ole Soul (1969/2021)

Duke Pearson - Merry Ole Soul (1969/2021)
Vinyl Rip | 24-bit/192 kHz | Flac(Tracks) > 1.25 Gb | Artwork > 215 Mb
Blue Note, 3808954 / 00602438089543 | Hard Bop, Christmas

Pianist Duke Pearson’s too-little-known holiday gem Merry Ole Soul was the sole Christmas album of the classic Blue Note era, and it remains a highly enjoyable treat for jazz fans and Christmas music lovers alike with its first-ever vinyl reissue. Recorded in 1969, the album featured the pianist, producer, and Blue Note stalwart in a trio with Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums. Adding percussion to several tracks on the album was Airto Moreira, who was shuttling between Pearson’s date and sessions for Miles Davis’ seminal fusion classic Bitches Brew on the very same day. The opening track “Sleigh Ride” is one of the highlights of the set, with the jovial tune given a hip vamp that finds Pearson gliding between piano and the chiming celeste. The album also features other festive favorites including “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and “Little Drummer Boy,” deeply soulful renditions of “Silent Night” and the spiritual “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and a gorgeous ballad performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” before closing with a sublime solo piano version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

~ Blue Note
Duke Pearson - Merry Ole Soul (1969/2021):


01. Sleigh Ride (6:27)
02. Little Drummer Boy (5:50)
03. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (2:03)
04. Jingle Bells (5:12)
05. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (4:11)
06. Go Tell It on the Mountain (3:47)
07. Wassail Song (3:07)
08. Silent Night (4:15)
09. O Little Town of Bethlehem (1:17)

Duke Pearson - piano, celeste
Bob Cranshaw - bass
Mickey Roker - drums
Airto Moreira - percussion

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios on February 21, 1969 (#1) and A & R Studios on August 20, 1969 (#2-9).
Mastered by Kevin Gray.

Original ripper: thezabs
Original format: 24/192
Vinyl Condition: Mint
Direct Drive Turntable: Rega P10 Turntable with Rega P10 PSU
Cartridge: Rega Apheta 3 Cartridge
Amplifier: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter ADC
Processing: Click Repair 3.9.9 at 10/0 on DeClick > Volume Boost +1 DB > Remove DC Bias

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