A2. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (J. Brainin - B. Bernier) (7:36)
A3. Days Of Wine And Roses (H. Mancini - J. Mercer) (5:55)
B1. Jeannine (D. Pearson - N. Shilkret) (4:29)
B2. Little Girl Blue (R. Rodgers - L. Hart) (7:06)
B3. Secret Love (S. Fain - P. F. Webster) (7:26)
Davis L. Simmons (bass trumpet)
George Duke (piano)
John W. Heard (bass)
George R. Walker (drums)
Recorded at the Golden Gate Studio, San Francisco, Ca., January 1966.
Review by Scott Yanow...
This LP is a real collector's item. Just barely 20 at the time, pianist George Duke made his recording debut with a straight-ahead quartet also including the obscure bass trumpeter David Simmons, bassist John Heard and drummer George Walker. This was one of Duke's very few all-standards sets, and he proved to be a fine hard bop/soul-jazz pianist; unfortunately, that phase would not last long. Highlights include "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," "Jeannine" and "Secret Love." But by the time the pianist recorded his second date as a leader three years later, this particular George Duke would be history.
MPS Records 5C 064-61170; MPS (G) SB15074; MPS 15074; MPS Records CRM 617; MPS Records 68.233; MPS Records 06025 2759297; MPS Records JS-077; SABA SB 15 074 ST; SABA SB 15074