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Dreamweaver [Bonus Tracks]
     

Dreamweaver [Bonus Tracks]

by George Duke
 

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DreamWeaver marks George Duke's return to recording after a three-year silence, and his first since the death of his wife Corine in 2012. While he is always diverse, this set is uncommonly so. The opener, a slippery, atmospheric title intro, flows directly into the Latin-tinged "Stones of Orion," a jazz tune with Duke on piano, Rhodes, and synths,

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DreamWeaver marks George Duke's return to recording after a three-year silence, and his first since the death of his wife Corine in 2012. While he is always diverse, this set is uncommonly so. The opener, a slippery, atmospheric title intro, flows directly into the Latin-tinged "Stones of Orion," a jazz tune with Duke on piano, Rhodes, and synths, Stanley Clarke on upright bass, and a four-piece horn section. It's shimmering groove-oriented jazz that reflects the time that Duke spent with Cannonball Adderley. "Trippin'" is a funky, jazzed-up R&B tune where he offers his autobiography; it features some fine muted trumpet work by Michael Patches Stewart. "Missing You" is a jazz ballad tribute to Corine, with the finest vocal Duke has laid down in a decade. But there's funk here, too, in the fat stomper "Ashtray." Another highlight is the leisurely, wonderfully sophisticated, 15-plus-minute "Burnt Sausage Jam," which features Duke on a wide array of keys, Christian McBride on bass, the late, great, and certainly under-celebrated Jef Lee Johnson on guitar, and John Roberts on drums and horns. "Change the World," with a slew of vocalists including Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, and BeBe Winans, is obviously inspired by Michael Jackson's "We Are the World," but is far less anthemic, as it weaves modern gospel, adult contemporary R&B, and reggae into a seamless whole. The biggest surprise here is the inclusion of the sultry, bluesy, nocturnal jazz ballad "Ball & Chain," with the late Teena Marie. It was cut for her Congo Square album, but was shelved because she wanted to use it on a planned collaborative jazz album with Duke. Sparsely adorned with his drum and synth programming, Stewart on trumpet, and Kamasi Washington on tenor saxophone, it's a killer performance from Marie. The closing reading of the Dale Evans' standard "Happy Trails" is rearranged as a soulful, sexy, gospelized jazz tune celebrating the lives of those who added so much to Duke's. While it's true that DreamWeaver's creation was inspired by the desire to move on from so many losses -- Corine, Johnson, Marie -- it is not remotely a sad record. If anything, with its smooth, warm, grooves, it celebrates life in the present.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2013
Label:
Heads Up
UPC:
0888072341708
catalogNumber:
34170
Rank:
42172

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Performance Credits

George Duke   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Soloist,Mini Moog,Arp Odyssey,Prophet 5
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
Howard Hewett   Vocals
Freddie Jackson   Vocals
Teena Marie   Vocals
Rachelle Ferrell   Vocals
Chill   Rap
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Stanley Clarke   Upright Bass
Ramon Flores   Trumpet,Soloist
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Everette Harp   Alto Saxophone
Dan Higgins   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Josie James   Background Vocals
Jef Lee Johnson   Guitar
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Michael Manson   Bass
Christian McBride   Bass
Lori Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeffrey Osborne   Vocals
Lamont VanHook   Background Vocals
BeBe Winans   Vocals
Michael "Patches" Stewart   Trumpet
Terry Dexter   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Roberts   Drums
Shannon Pearson   Background Vocals
Kamasi Washington   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Gorden Campbell   Drums
Kennedy Fuselier   Vocals
Dira Sugandi   Vocals

Technical Credits

Teena Marie   Composer
George Duke   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,drum programming
Dale Evans   Composer
Jef Lee Johnson   Composer
Christian McBride   Composer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
John Roberts   Composer
Randall Moses   Art Direction

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