Duke Pearson - The Phantom
Duke Pearson - The Phantom
Duke Pearson - The Phantom
Duke Pearson - The Phantom

Duke Pearson - The Phantom

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Duke Pearson - piano

Jerry Dodgion - flute, alto flute

Bobby Hutcherson - vibes

Sam Brown, Al Gafa - guitar

Bob Cranshaw - bass

Mickey Roker - drums

Victor Pantoja - congas

Carlos 'Patato' Valdés - conga, güiro

1 LP, standard sleeve 

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  RTI

Label :  Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label :  Blue Note

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 24, 1968 (A3) and September 11, 1968 (A1-2, B1-2)

Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Produced by Joe Harley

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1968

Reissued in 2020

Tracks :

Side A

  1. The Phantom
  2. Blues for Alvina
  3. Bunda Amerela (Little Yellow Streetcar)


Side B

  1. Los Ojos Alegres (The Happy Eyes)
  2. Say You're Mine


Reviews :

“After his big band experiment, Duke Pearson returned to a smaller group setting, but he didn't scale back his ambitions. The Phantom finds Pearson writing an ambitious set of post-bop that expands the boundaries of the music with Latin percussion and complex harmonies derived from the avant-garde. His supporting band is fairly large, featuring Jerry Dodgion (flute), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Sam T. Brown (guitar), Alexander Gafa (guitar), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Mickey Roker (drums), Carlos "Patato" Valdes (conga), and Victor Pantoja (conga), but they're agile, bringing a spark and energy to the difficult arrangements. The results aren't always successful, but they are intriguing and worth investigating.” AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine



AllMusic 3/5 , Discogs 4.67/5

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