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The Right Touch Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000MG2LRC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clive Hedges on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
..all guest here, but I'm afraid for me this album never really catches fire. It's played in little big-band style with themes that have a slighlty somnolent, supper-club air to them at times, that even Hubbard sounds slightly restricted by. There are highlights, however, the bluesy numbers, like the slow crawl of 'Scrap Iron' and the funky 'Chili Peppers' are a perfect environment for Turrentine to show off his r'n'b-drenched splutter and growl, and Hubbard breaks out on the livelier and slightly trickier theme of 'Los Malos Hombres', although Spaulding has more difficulty with it it seems.

Part of the problem is Pearson's piano playing I think, his solos rarely stray far from the source material and never really seem to build much, mixed with a lack of solo space for the horn players to really stretch out.

There are good aspects to it and if you're a fan of Turrentine you'll enjoy his work here, there are catchy themes and solid bass and drum work but, overall, especially given the cast list, I found it a little underwhelming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hare Tuhday on 21 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's actually one of my favourites, soloing is chilled, calm, less in-your-face. If you love technical showcases this might not set your world alight but each song flows from head to head and into the next in a very zen like way. I feel this would appeal to those less akin to shrieky jazz. It holds similarity to Horace Silver's leadership for me, some quality that makes it accessible without loosing what makes it of high quality. It's definately not fast paced Bop, but it's also not trance enducing Smooth. It's a very balanced album and is more often that not the album I can find myself listening to regardless of the mood i'm in. I'm often listening to Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Wes Montgomery etc. etc., rarely dislike any of the popular jazz recordings and I love this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. KNIGHT on 8 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I too am of the opinion this is a great LP!

The cast is impressive and there isn't anyone on bad form. Turrentine and Hubbard turn in quite fine performances.

Taking the LPs 6 original tracks, Chilli Peppers is jazzy and upbeat, Los Malos Hombres is a Basie-esque blues, and the remainder of the tracks are generally chilled. The tunes are all Pearson originals and the album flows nicely from start to finish.

The criticisms of Duke Pearson himself in the 3 star review aren't something I can agree with.

If I was being hyper critical I'd personally say that "My Love Waits" isn't the best delivered piece on the LP, but it would neither be fair or true to call it poor.

If it was possible I'd probably give this LP 4.5 stars, but I can't. Seeing as another reviewer has given it an evaluated 3, I'll give it 5 for balance!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
No doubt about it! 23 Feb. 2007
By JoeyD - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's a honor to be the first one to review this excellent recording. I just purchased this re-release by Mr. RVG and all I gotta say is thanks a million, because this one is superb beyond belief. From the moment I became a jazz fan I also became almost immediately a big fan of Duke Pearson. Yet, I had only one album of his as a leader 'Sweet Honey Bee' (which by the way I give a 4.5!)and I still had some doubts about just how good this one could possibly be. Apparently, according to many jazz experts I've read, RVG has already remastered all the classics and most of these newest re-releases are sub-great. Well, I can tell you that statement is a terrible generalization on top of just plain arrogance. I love this recording and it already is becoming one of my personal favorites. Duke is an amazing composer as well as being one of the greatest jazz pianists of all-time . And that line-up of his with Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), James Spaulding (alto sax) ... do I need to go on or are you kind of getting the picture. Stanley T. and Freddie were at the top of their game in 67! It's just an A+ performance by the whole octet.

By the way, their bossa nova love ballad "My Love Awaits (O' Meu Amor Espero)" has to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music my ears have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I play it over and over again, each time seeming to love it more than the last. As Nat Hentoff wrote in his original liner notes "'s as close to a flawless performance as one can find..."

If you are a fan of any of these cats, then definitely purchase this album. I can't recommend this enough! These guys give great performances with not one of them stealing or hogging the spotlight from the others. That's one thing I really love about Duke P. is that he loves to share the love - he gives each member of the band their equal time to shine with their solos. And do they ever shine and deliver the goods!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
More, please 31 Jan. 2008
By Colin Jones - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here's a nice Latin Jazz album which might appeal to Horace Silver fans if they wouldn't mind just a little less funk. The compositions are all by Duke Pearson. The front-line players - excellent though they are - nearly get upstaged by a lovely rhythm section comprising Pearson (piano), Gene Taylor (double bass) and Grady Tate (drums). It makes me want to go a-hunting for more Duke Pearson albums. What better recommendation could there be?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Duke's Got The Right Touch 19 May 2008
By Jack Baker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Right Touch is a laid back groover from Duke Pearson, taking full advantage of an octet setting of Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Garnett Brown (trombone), James Spaulding (alto sax), Jerry Dodgion (alto sax & flute), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Gene Taylor (bass), and Grady Tate (drums). All of the delightful compositions are by Pearson, who tickles the ivories with bouncy perfection. What to say about the rest of his cohorts, other than `outstanding'? The songs are all well constructed, precise, but not boringly so. "Chili Peppers" is a perfect opener, fast and airy, with that Latin tinge. "My Love Waits (O Meu Amor Espera)" was written while Pearson and the lady who later became his wife were living in separate cities. The sense of longing is palpable in this divinely beautiful love song that needs no words to convey its emotional impact. "Los Malos Hombres" (The Bad Men) is another Latin flavored piece, taken at a quick pace. Dig those unison horns! My fave piece has to be the bluesy "Scrap Iron". Pearson's got some great licks on this one and Turrentine's tone is somehow mournful and joyous at the same time, just the way the blues should be.

The Van Gelder edition sounds incredible and includes an alternate take of "Los Malos Hombres". The drums in particular attracted my attention on this release, especially on "My Love Waits," where you can hear Tate's brush strokes. All of the instruments are well defined, another A plus effort from Rudy Van Gelder. Thanks to JoeyD for recommending this wonderful album!
Another great Duke!!! 16 July 2014
By calvin johnson - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great album. One of my favorites ever. This is a hidden gem. This is a must have for jazz. The musicians really strut their stuff on this album. Duke is amazing on piano. All the other musicians play their butts off!!!
Some of the best NYC jazz players were sidemen on this recording 21 Dec. 2014
By Steven E. Hall - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very strong CD. Some of the best NYC jazz players were sidemen on this recording. Duke Pearson was a skillful songwriter and pianist. I'm glad that I bought this CD, I plan to buy more of his recordings.
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