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Artist’s Choice: Bob Belden on Duke Pearson

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

Bob Belden
Duke Pearson

I chose Duke Pearson as the subject for my Artist’s Choice based on the many things we have in common. We both have Southern roots; he was raised in Georgia and I was raised in South Carolina. We both play piano and another instrument; he played trumpet and I played sax. We both were signed as artists and producers to Blue Note Records. We both arranged music for other Blue Note artists. We both had big bands recorded by Blue Note. I was always compared to him when I was working on a regular basis for Blue Note. Duke Pearson is in my DNA.

“Jeanine” (Pearson)

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