Dreamweaver [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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. [Dreamweaver was also released with two bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2013
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 888072341708
  • Catalog Number: 34170
  • Sales rank: 7,461

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreamweaver (1:27)
  2. 2 Stones of Orion - Stanley Clarke (6:27)
  3. 3 Trippin' (4:21)
  4. 4 Ashtray (4:00)
  5. 5 Missing You - Rachelle Ferrell (5:45)
  6. 6 Transition, Pt. 1 (0:14)
  7. 7 Change the World - Dira Sugandi (5:54)
  8. 8 Jazzmatazz (4:44)
  9. 9 Round the Way Girl (4:11)
  10. 10 Transition, Pt. 2 (0:17)
  11. 11 Brown Sneakers (6:10)
  12. 12 You Never Know (4:02)
  13. 13 Ball & Chain (5:58)
  14. 14 Burnt Sausage Jam (15:32)
  15. 15 Happy Trails (5:01)
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Album Credits

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
Paul Jackson Jr. 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
Daniel Higgins Flute, Tenor Saxophone
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, Mastering
John Roberts Composer
Randall Moses Art Direction
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