Day 219

Another classic house on Lingle Avenue

I think this house is just great. I only wish I could see the inside. Again, however, it is a house Cindy would never consider moving into because there are two stories…and I don’t know if it has a full, finished basement. Still, it looks great to me.

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I am having a hard time coming up with a topic for today’s post. I had made a note on Sunday about a topic, but looking at the note today I realize that I was just whining. I don’t like it when other people are whiney, and I really don’t like it when I recognize it in myself. Luckily, I’m not all that self-aware, so I don’t notice it in me very often.

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With the exception of a cd I put on in the car this morning, I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz the past few days. It’s mainly been Dave Brubeck (of course), Bill Evans, Duke Pearson, and (to get away from the piano playing group leaders) Buddy Rich. I know I’ve mentioned Brubeck often in this blog, and I’m sure I’ll mention him more in the future. Bill Evans and Buddy Rich will probably be covered more in future posts. So today let me relate a little about Duke Pearson.

I first saw Duke Pearson’s name in the liner notes of Donald Byrd’s album A New Perspective on the Blue Note label. The outstanding cut on that glorious album is Cristo Redentor which was composed and arranged by Duke Pearson. He actually did all of the arrangements on the album. I liked the album enough that I started buying more Donald Byrd albums, and more Blue Note albums. I found out that Byrd and Pearson were frequent collaborators. He was a producer at Blue Note, as well as the A&R man, but I consider him first and foremost an artist. I don’t believe he was ever considered a first rank player, but his playing combined with his arranging made him important to my way of thinking. He died back in 1980, but I still look for his albums.