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Mickey Roker chez Duke Pearson

Ethan Iverson: “You had a close relationship with Duke Pearson. You are on almost all of his records and some of the other ones he arranged for Stanley Turrentine and Donald Byrd.”

Mickey Roker: “He was an A&R man for Blue Note and I was one of the drummers he would call. Billy Higgins, Al Foster, me and Al Harewood. They did a recording every week and I was blessed to be on quite a few of them.”

EI: “How much would you rehearse for a date like this?”

MR: “We rehearsed two days. We rehearsed Wednesday and Thursday and we recorded on Friday. We rehearsed for about three or four hours each day. We would rehearse for two hours and take a break or something. Get coffee and come back for another hour and a half or hour and fifteen minutes. Every Wednesday and Thursday we would rehearse at a place called Lynn Oliver’s. It was on 89th right around Broadway. It was between Broadway and West End but it was closer to Broadway.”
Mickey Roker, Interview par Ethan Iverson, octobre 2011




Duke Pearson – Amanda

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Duke Pearson ‎- Wahoo (Blue Note ‎- BLP 4191, 1965)
A1 Amanda
A2 Bedouin
A3 Farewell Machelle
B1 Wahoo
B2 ESP (Extrasensory Perception)
B3 Fly Little Bird Fly – Written by Donald Byrd
Alto Saxophone, Flute – James Spaulding
Bass – Bob Cranshaw
Design [Cover], Photography By [Cover Photo] – Reid Miles
Drums – Mickey Roker
Liner Notes – Leonard Feather
Piano – Duke Pearson
Producer – Alfred Lion
Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Henderson
Trumpet – Donald Byrd – Written By Duke Pearson (tracks: A1 to B2)
Recorded on November 24, 1964.





Duke Pearson ‎- Sweet Honey Bee
Blue Note ‎- BLP 4252, 1967

All About Jazz: To start out, if you were going to that proverbial desert island, which recordings would you pick to take with you?

Mickey Roker: Well, let’s hope I’ll never be on a desert island alone. [laughter.] But I have a couple of albums I like. I like an album with Herbie Hancock called Speak Like a Child (Blue Note, 1968). I can listen to that one any time. I did a record with (Duke Pearson) called Sweet Honey Bee (Blue Note, 1966). That’s one of my favorites. There’s a song on that album called « Sudel. » Man I love to listen to that song. And there’s a big band album I did with Duke Pearson called Now Hear This (Blue Note, 1968). And I did an album with the Hard Bop Quintet—they were some guys from New York who came to Ortlieb’s to play with me. And then we made a pretty good recording.”

Mickey Roker, Interview par Victor L. Schermer “You Never Lose The Blues”, All About Jazz, janvier 2010


Duke Pearson Sextet – Sweet Honey Bee

Duke Pearson ‎- Sudel

Duke Pearson ‎- After The Rain


Duke Pearson ‎- Sweet Honey Bee
Blue Note ‎- BLP 4252, 1967
A1 Sweet Honey Bee 4:50
A2 Sudel 5:40
A3 After The Rain 4:25
A4 Gaslight 5:50
B1 Big Bertha 5:50
B2 Empathy 6:00
B3 Ready Rudy? 6:10
Alto Saxophone – James Spaulding
Bass – Ron Carter
Design [Cover] – Bob Fuentes
Drums – Mickey Roker
Flute – James Spaulding
Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Francis Wolff
Piano, Written by Duke Pearson
Producer – Alfred Lion
Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Henderson
Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard
Recorded on December 7, 1966.




Duke Pearson ‎- The Phantom


Duke Pearson ‎- The Phantom (Blue Note ‎- BST 84293, 1968)
A1 The Phantom 10:15
A2 Blues For Alvina – Written By – Willie and Alvina Wilson – 3:05
A3 Bunda Amerela (Little Yellow Streetcar) 6:05
B1 Los Ojos Alegres (The Happy Eyes) 6:15
B2 Say You’re Mine 5:50
B3 The Moana Surf – Written By – Jerry Dodgion – 7:25
Bass – Bob Cranshaw
Congas – Victor Pantojo
Congas, Guiro – « Potato » Valdes
Design [Cover] – Forlenza Venosa Associates
Drums – Mickey Roker
Flute, Flute [Alto] – Jerry Dodgion
Guitar – Al Gafa, Sam Brown
Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Francis Wolff
Piano – Duke Pearson
Producer – Francis Wolff
Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
Vibraphone – Bobby Hutcherson




Duke Pearson – Cristo Redentor


Duke Pearson ‎- How Insensitive (Blue Note ‎- BST 84344, 1969)
A1 Stella By Starlight – Written By N. Washington, V. Young$4:35
A2 Clara – Written By D. Heyward, G. Gershwin$2:40
A3 Give Me Your Love – Written By D. Pearson$3:20
A4 Cristo Redentor – Written By D. Pearson$3:50
A5 Little Song – Written By J. Manno$2:50
B1 How Insensitive – Written By A. C. Jobim, N. Gimbel, V. DeMoraes$2:12
B2 Sandalia Dela – Written By D. Pearson, J. Manno$3:25
B3 My Love Waits (O Meu Amor Espera) – Written By D. Pearson, J. Manno$4:35
B4 Tears (Razao De Viva) – Written By E. D. Dato$3:25
B5 Lamento – Written By A. C. Jobim, V. DeMoraes$2:50
Bass – Bebeto José Souza (tracks: B2, B4, B5), Bob Cranshaw
Conductor – Jack Manno
Design [Cover], Art Direction – Frank Gauna
Drums, Percussion – Airto, Mickey Roker
Electric Guitar – Al Gafa
Guitar – Dorio Ferreira (tracks: B2, B4, B5)
Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
Photography By [Liner Photo] – Charles Stewart
Piano, Electric Piano, Flugelhorn – Duke Pearson
Producer – Duke Pearson
Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
Vocals – Andy Bey (tracks: A2, A3), Flora Purim (tracks: B2, B4, B5)



Duke Pearson ‎- Captain Bacardi

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Duke Pearson ‎- I Don’t Care Who Knows It (Blue Note ‎- CDP 7243 8 35220 2 6, 1970)
1 I Don’t Care Who Knows It 3:10
2 Bloos 7:38
3 A Beautiful Friendship 6:37
4 Horn In 5:51
5 Canto Ossanha 6:36
6 Xibaba 6:32
7 I Don’t Know 7:00
8 Once I Loved (O Amor En Paz) 5:22
9 Upa Neguinho 1:57
10 Captain Bacardi 5:40
11 Theme From Rosemary’s Baby 3:16
Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Acoustic Guitar – Ralph Towner (tracks: 7, 10), Sam Brown (tracks: 11)
Bass – Bebeto Jose Souza (tracks: 9), Bob Cranshaw (tracks: 6 to 8, 10, 11), Ron Carter (tracks: 1 to 5)
Drums – Mickey Roker (tracks: 6 to 11)
Flute – Al Gibbons (tracks: 6, 8)
Flute, Flute [Alto], Alto Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion (tracks: 1 to 8, 10, 11)
Guitar – Al Gafa (tracks: 6 to 8, 10), Wally Richardson (tracks: 7, 10)
Guitar, Percussion – Dorio Ferreira (tracks: 9)
Percussion, Vocals – Airto Moreira (tracks: 6 to 10)
Piano, Electric Piano, Arranged By – Duke Pearson
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Clarinet – Frank Foster (tracks: 1 to 5)
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Lew Tabackin (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 10)
Trombone – Kenny Rupp (tracks: 1 to 5)
Trumpet – Burt Collins (tracks: 1 to 6, 8)
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Bobby Hutcherson (tracks: 6 to 8, 10, 11)
Vocals – Andy Bey (tracks: 1), Stella Mars (tracks: 8)
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 24, 1968 (#11), May 5, 1969 (#9) and February 13, 1970 (#1-5) and at A & R Studios, New York City on October 3, 1969 (#6 & 8) and November 21, 1969 (#7 & 10).
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 7 2438-35220-2 6



Un des excellents albums de Mr. T.
Une version noire de la bossa jazz lancée par Getz et consorts.

“Yeah. [Sonny Rollins]’s got his pulse. You know who else plays with a pulse like that? Stanley Turrentine. They make it so easy for a drummer because they are so strong with their beat. Their heart is in the right place. I like Joe Henderson for the same reason. Certain people, they don’t give you nothing as far as the beat is concerned but them cats are full of rhythm. They’re full of the beat.”

Mickey Roker, Interview par Ethan Iverson, octobre 2011


Stanley Turrentine – Wave

Stanley Turrentine – Stan’s Shuffle

Stanley Turrentine – Yours Is My Heart Alone

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Stanley Turrentine ‎- Easy Walker (Blue Note ‎- BLP 4268, 1966)
A1 Meat Wave – Written By Hank Johnson$4:40
A2 They All Say That I’m The Biggest Fool – Written By Buddy Johnson$7:40
A3 Yours Is My Heart Alone – Written By Franz Lehar$5:00
B1 Easy Walker – Written By Billy Taylor$6:10
B2 What The World Needs Now Is Love – Written By David-Bacharach$6:40
B3 Alone Together – Written By Dietz-Schwartz$5:35
Bass – Bob Cranshaw
Drums – Mickey Roker
Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
Photography By [Cover], Design – Reid Miles
Photography By [Stanley Turrentine Photo By] – Francis Wolff
Piano – McCoy Tyner
Producer – Alfred Lion
Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
Tenor Saxophone – Stanley Turrentine





Stanley Turrentine ‎- La Fiesta


Stanley Turrentine ‎- The Spoiler (Blue Note ‎- BLP 4256, 1967)
A1 The Magilla – Written by Duke Pearson – 6:05
A2 When The Sun Comes Out – Written by Arlen, Koehler – 6:00
A3 La Fiesta – Written by Armando Boza – 5:00
B1 Sunny – Written by Bobby Hebb – 7:20
B2 Theme From « The Oscar » (Maybe September) – Written by Livingston-Evans, Faith – 4:45
B3 You’re Gonna Hear From Me – Written by Andre Previn – 5:20
Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on September 22, 1966.
Copyright (c) – Liberty Records, Inc.
Alto Saxophone, Flute – James Spaulding
Arranged By – Duke Pearson
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass, Electric Bass [Fender] – Bob Cranshaw
Design [Cover] – Reid Miles
Drums – Mickey Roker
Liner Notes – Leonard Feather
Photography By [Cover] – Francis Wolff
Piano – McCoy Tyner
Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
Shaker, Tambourine – Joseph Rivera
Tenor Saxophone – Stanley Turrentine
Trombone – Julian Priester
Trumpet – Blue Mitchell



Ramon Morris, un ténor qui a visiblement écouté Stanley Turrentine

Ramon Morris – Don’t Ask Me

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Ramon Morris ‎- Sweet Sister Funk
Groove Merchant ‎- GM 516, 1974
A1 First Come, First Serve – Written By A. Dailey$4:47
A2 Wijinia – Written By R. Morris$5:30
A3 Sweet Sister Funk – Written By R. Morris$6:15
B1 Sweat – Written By M. Bass$6:23
B2 Don’t Ask Me – Written By Ramon Morris$5:18
B3 Lord Sideways – Written By A. Dailey$6:12
B4 People Make The World Go Round – Written By L. Creed, T. Bell$3:13
Art Direction – Sam Alexander
Bass – Mickey Bass
Congas – Tony Waters
Drums – Mickey Roker
Electric Piano – Albert Dailey
Engineer [Recording] – Malcolm Addey
Guitar – Lloyd Davis
Mastered By – Sam Feldman
Photography By – Chuck Stewart
Producer – Sonny Lester
Tenor Saxophone – Ramon Morris
Trumpet – Cecil Bridgewater




Art Farmer Quintet – Nino’s Scene


Art Farmer Quintet ‎- The Time And The Place
Columbia ‎- CS 9449, 1967
NB : Originally a studio recording with fake applause dubbed in, which was claimed to be a concert from the Museum Of Modern Art.
The Art Farmer Quintet was seven months old at the time of this recording.
A1 The Time And The Place – Written By J. Heath
A2 The Shadow Of Your Smile – Written By J.Mandel, P. Webster
A3 One For Juan – Written By J. Heath
B1 Nino’s Scene – Written By S. Mehanovich
B2 Short Cake – Written By J.J. Johnson
B3 Make Someone Happy – Written By A. Green, B. Comden, J. Styne
B4 On The Trail – Written By F. Grofe
Bass – Cedar Walton
Drums – Mickey Roker
Liner Notes – Charles Graham
Photography By – Sandy Speiser
Producer – Teo Macero
Tenor Saxophone – Jimmy Heath
Trumpet – Art Farmer
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Un album complètement déjanté de Milt Jackson avec un quatuor à corde plein de feeling et qui joue dirty.

Mickey Roker + Bob Cranshaw

Milt Jackson & The Hip String Quartet – In Walked Bud


Milt Jackson And The Hip String Quartet (Capitol Records ‎- SW-91569, Verve Records ‎- V6-8761, 1968)
A1 You Got To Pay When The Deal Goes Down 3:16
A2 The Morning After 3:23
A3 For All We Know 3:20
A4 A Walkin’ Thing 5:21
B1 In Walked Bud 3:32
B2 A Little Too Much 3:39
B3 Bags And Strings 3:20
B4 New Rhumba 4:08
Arranged By, Conductor – Tom McIntosh
Art Direction – David Krieger
Bass – Bob Cranshaw (tracks: A2, A3, B1, B2), Ron Carter (tracks: A1, A4, B3, B4)
Cello – Kermit Moore (tracks: A1, A4, B3, B4), Ronald Lipscomb, Sidney Edwards (tracks: A2, A3, B1, B2)
Drums – Grady Tate (tracks: A4, B3), Mickey Roker (tracks: A1 to A3, B1, B2, B4)
Engineer – Val Valentin
Flute – Hubert Laws (tracks: A1, A4, B3, B4)
Liner Notes – Ira Gitler
Photography [Cover] – William Kennedy
Piano – Cedar Walton
Producer – Esmond Edwards
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – James Moody (tracks: A2, A3, B1, B2)
Vibraphone – Milt Jackson
Viola – Alfred Brown
Violin – Sanford Allen
Front cover shows V6-8761, but spine, label and back cover show SW91569.



Soul Route, swing maximum, façon marche groovy néo-orléannaise.

À la fin des années 70, jouera aux côtés de Milt Jackson au sein du Modern Jazz Quartet en remplacement de Connie Kay qui est tombé malade.

Milt Jackson – Soul Route

Milt Jackson – Ne-Afterglow

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Milt Jackson Quartet ‎- Soul Route
Pablo Records ‎- 2310-900, 1984
A1 Sittin’ In The Sandtrap 4:53
A2 Blues For Gene 4:51
A3 How Long Has This Been Going On 5:57
A4 Dejection Blues 6:15
B1 Soul Dots 5:28
B2 Ne-Afterglow 4:41
B3 In A Mellow Tone 5:52
B4 My Romance 4:16
B5 Chloe 3:18
Bass – Ray Brown
Drums – Mickey Roker
Photography By [Cover] – Norman Granz
Piano – Gene Harris
Producer – Ray Brown
Vibraphone – Milt Jackson






Milt Jackson Quartet @ Jazz Baltica 99 – Off Minor

Milt Jackson v, Mike LeDonne p, Mickey Roker d, Pierre Boussaguet b, play Off Minor – Jazz Baltica 1999


… Roker avec un autre vibraphoniste, Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson – Ummh (Hutcherson)

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Bobby Hutcherson featuring Harold Land – San Francisco (Blue Note, 1970)
4th piece on « San Francisco » album. Recorded on july 15, 1970. Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Harold Land, tenor saxophone; Joe Sample, electric piano; John Williams, fender bass; Mickey Roker, drums.











Donald Byrd – Essence


Donald Byrd ‎- Electric Byrd (Blue Note ‎- 36195, 1970)
1 Estavanico – Written By Donald Byrd$11:00
2 Essence – Written By Donald Byrd$10:30
3 Xibaba$Flute – Hermeto Pascoal – Written By Airto Moreira$13:35
4 The Dude – Written By Donald Byrd$8:00
Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Jerry Dodgion
Art Direction – Frank Guana
Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet – Pepper Adams
Bass – Ron Carter
Design [Reissue] – Patrick Roques
Drums – Mickey Roker
Electric Piano – Duke Pearson
Engineer [Recording] – Rudy Van Gelder
Guitar – Wally Richardson
Liner Notes [1970] – Nat Hentoff
Percussion – Airto Moreira
Photography By – Arthur McGee
Producer – Duke Pearson
Reissue Producer – Bob Belden
Reissue Producer [Blue Note Rare Groove Series] – Michael Cuscuna, Tom Evered
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet [Alto] – Frank Foster
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Lew Tabackin
Trombone – Bill Campbell
Trumpet – Donald Byrd
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on May 15, 1970



Mary Lou Williams ‎- Rosae Mae

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Mary Lou Williams ‎- Zoning (Mary Records ‎- M103, 1974)
A1 Intermission – Composed By – M. L. Williams, M. Suggs – 1:26
A2 Holy Ghost – Composed By – L. Gales – 5:20
A3 Zoning Fungus II – Composed By – M. L. Williams – 6:48
A4 Ghost Of Love – Composed By – M. L. Williams – 4:52
A5 Medi II – Composed By – M. L. Williams – 2:03
A6 Gloria – Composed By – M. L. Williams, R. Ledogar – 6:23
B1 Rosa Mae – Composed By – L. Gales, M. L. Williams – 4:27
B2 Olinga – Composed By – D. Gillespie – 3:59
B3 Praise The Lord – Composed By – M. L. Williams – 6:35
B4 Play It Momma – Composed By – M. L. Williams – 3:52
B5 Medi I – Composed By – M. L. Williams – 4:50
Arranged By – Mary Lou Williams
Bass – Bob Cranshaw (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B1, B2, B5), Milton Suggs (tracks: A6, B3, B4)
Congas – Tony Waters (tracks: A6, B3, B4)
Cover [Cover Design] – Alvin Grossman
Drums – Mickey Roker (tracks: A1, A3, A5, B1, B2)
Photography By [Cover] – Roger Prigent
Piano – Mary Lou Williams, Zita Carno (tracks: A1, A3)
Producer, Liner Notes – Peter F. O’Brien
Recorded By, Mixed By – Richard Blakin


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