Anybody Looking for a Dandy Tune To Cover? Don Pullen

Listening to pianist Don Pullen (who died sadly young) — specifically the first album released under his name, the 1975 solo set called Richard’s Tune (Delmark CD reissue, 2014). Includes his first recording of “Big Alice,” with its inventive and unforgettable hook phrases, rendered in a tight and declarative version and a not-on-LP, looser and fonkier treatment. Later always a highlight of live shows by the George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet, every time we saw them.

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