Recorded by ALL FOR ONE on OPTIMISM
Sharp Nine 1010-2 / February 16 & 17, 1998
||Medium up swing
Now youre ready for some energy. After an 8 measure rhythm section Latin intro, the melody stays Latin for 12 bars requiring the drums to set up the ensemble figures before switching to swing for all but the last 4 measures of the melody. The solos are swing, except for the last 4 measures of each chorus (Latin). There are optional 2 or 3 horn backgrounds for any soloist. There is also an optional shout chorus added to the original arrangement which is another Don Sickler orchestration drawn from Davids solo choruses from the original recording.
A note from the composer:
Pearls was composed shortly after the death of my mother. Her name was Pearl and I wrote this for her because she was my first musical inspiration.
It is a 32 bar form but not with traditional length parts. The parts are 12, 6, 10, and 4 bars long.
David made his professional debut at age thirteen in Milwaukee, and later worked extensively in and around Chicago and Minneapolis. In Milwaukee, David served as house pianist at the famed Milwaukee Jazz Gallery, working with such greats as Charles McPherson, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Pepper Adams and Chet Baker. In fact, it was Baker who encouraged David to make his mark in New York City.
Since moving to New York City in 1992, David has made a name for himself as a "musician's musician." In addition to his working trio (with drum legend Louis Hayes and bassist Peter Washington), David is in constant demand as a sideman. Recent credits include work with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, the Faddis-Hampton-Heath Sextet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Louis Hayes Quintet, and Marlena Shaw, for whom he serves as pianist, arranger, and musical director. Recently David was spotlighted on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" radio program. David is also a member of the band "One For All" which features rising tenor star Eric Alexander.
David¹s debut CD as a leader Four Flights Up (featuring Slide Hampton,) released in 1996 on the Sharp Nine Label, received high praise from critics and musicians alike. Since then, he has recorded five more CDs for Sharp Nine, the latest being Manhattan Autumn featuring Eric Alexander. David has also recorded five CDs for the Criss Cross label, the most recent being Close To You. In Japan, David's four piano trio releases for the Venus label, tributes to Bill Evans (Waltz For Debby) and Horace Silver (Senor Blues), a collection of Hazeltine arrangements and originals (Pearls), and a compilation of jazz standards (Alice In Wonderland) have won him a large and growing following.
In addition to David's fifteen dates as a leader, his recorded work as a featured sideman reflects his status as one of the first call pianists in New York. Recent efforts include sessions with James Moody, Freddy Cole, Marlena Shaw, Jon Faddis, and Louis Hayes.
As a dedicated teacher, Hazeltine's career reflects his intense commitment to the advancement of jazz culture and awareness. In Milwaukee, he was co-founder and director of The Jazz School, and the Program Coordinator of Jazz Studies, and later Department Chairman at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Recently, he served as Associate Professor at Berklee College Of Music.
Perhaps David best sums up his feelings about his art and his career: "... the development of the body of music we call jazz is one of the marvels of the 20th century. To contribute to that tradition is all I want to do."
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