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Sweet Honey Bee
Duke Pearson
Sweet Honey Bee
Genre: Jazz
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #1

Limited edition Japanese pressing has been remastered. Blue Note. 2005.


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All Artists: Duke Pearson
Title: Sweet Honey Bee
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 9/7/1993
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 077778979227


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Limited edition Japanese pressing has been remastered. Blue Note. 2005.

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"Sweet Honey Bee" Not So Sweet
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 03/10/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Pianist Duke Pearson's "Sweet Honey Bee" has been reissued on CD once again, courtesy of Blue Note's RVG Series. Despite its all-star lineup of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor sax, James Spaulding on alto sax and flute, Ron Carter on bass and Mickey Roker on drums, this December 7, 1966 session is a big disappointment. Basically, Pearson's original compositions are watered-down and mainstream in their construction, and dry and underdeveloped in their delivery. Each of the seven songs are so short that the great supporting cast hardly gets a chance to make a meaningful contribution. Don't get me wrong, I certainly don't dismiss Pearson's talents unilaterally. He had shown flashes of creative brilliance on previous Blue Note sessions, particularly Grant Green's "Idle Moments" and his own 1964 album "Wahoo" (featuring the same lineup as this title with Bob Cranshaw replacing Carter on bass -- now sadly out-of-print though). But this knowledge only leaves me with the opinion that "Sweet Honey Bee" could've been a lot sweeter than it is."
I'm really diggin' this
kevnm | Costa Mesa, CA United States | 04/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A review I read (not here) bad-mouthed this, but I got a chance to hear it and my ears loved it. Far from a "blowing session," these tunes represent Pearson's compositional and arranging skills, and incorporate tasty solos without abandoning melody and form. A very cool 60s groove."
Sweet indeed.
Cedric Westphal | san francisco, ca | 09/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this is my favorite duke pearson cd. It is not as much jazzy as it is loungy (there is less room for soloing, even though the cast is a-list, a big chunk of it is orchestrated), and it definitely has an easy listening quality to it, but once it is on, I can't help but play it again and again."