October 29, 2014

George Duke - The Primal George Duke (= The George Duke Quartet Presented by the Jazz Workshop 1966 of San Francisco)

A1. The Second Time Around (J. van Heusen - S. Cahn) (5:21)
A2. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (J. Brainin - B. Bernier) (7:36)
A3. Days Of Wine And Roses (H. Mancini - J. Mercer) (5:55)
B1. Jeannine (D. Pearson - N. Shilkret) (4:29)
B2. Little Girl Blue (R. Rodgers - L. Hart) (7:06)
B3. Secret Love (S. Fain - P. F. Webster) (7:26)

Davis L. Simmons (bass trumpet)
George Duke (piano)
John W. Heard (bass)
George R. Walker (drums)

Recorded at the Golden Gate Studio, San Francisco, Ca., January 1966.

Review by Scott Yanow...
This LP is a real collector's item. Just barely 20 at the time, pianist George Duke made his recording debut with a straight-ahead quartet also including the obscure bass trumpeter David Simmons, bassist John Heard and drummer George Walker. This was one of Duke's very few all-standards sets, and he proved to be a fine hard bop/soul-jazz pianist; unfortunately, that phase would not last long. Highlights include "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," "Jeannine" and "Secret Love." But by the time the pianist recorded his second date as a leader three years later, this particular George Duke would be history.

MPS Records 5C 064-61170; MPS (G) SB15074; MPS 15074; MPS Records CRM 617; MPS Records 68.233; MPS Records 06025 2759297; MPS Records JS-077; SABA SB 15 074 ST; SABA SB 15074



anon'n'on said...

love acoustic george,thanks

Jazzjet said...

Collectors item indeed. Many thanks.

-Otto- said...

Totally awesome. Great LP. Thank you, brian!

lucky5 said...

Thank you for this early George Duke!

apf said...

Thank you so much!

bho wani said...

Very good player, this D.L Simmons !
He has more velocity and punch than Cy Touff ! Very fast version of jeannine !thanks a lot for this share, Brian

upkerry14 said...

Thanks Brian. This is amazing. I'm not familiar with Davis L. Simmons. Apparently he was a local San Francisco boy:

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SIMMONS, David Lawrence At home in Fairfax with his beloved family, Dave passed away on June 9, 2010, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born to Patricia and Garnet Simmons in Spokane, Washington on October 23, 1937, he served in the Army Signal Corps after high school, and after his discharge, moved to San Francisco in 1962 to pursue his lifelong love of jazz. The go-to bass trumpet journeyman in after-hours jams in the San Francisco jazz club scene, he made a recording with George Duke in the early sixties. After taking early retirement from a 30-year career with PacBell, he founded "Let Dave Do It," becoming known for his skilled, reliable carpentry and fix-it services in his community. He will be remembered for his kindness, his warmth, his energy, and his wonderful sense of humor. Dave is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nobuko (née Ikeda), his twin daughters, Masako and Miyoko, his sisters Rita (née Dinger) of Sequim, WA, and Jean Simmons of Spokane, and his many friends. Memorial Services pending. The family would appreciate donations to Hospice By the Bay or the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks for this rarity!

upkerry14 said...

Just a quick note to say how much I am enjoying this LP. It reminds me (a little) of early days in San Francisco when I used to go to the Keystone Korner..... Ah those were the days.....

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hippied said...

Thanks Brian!