Reach for It

Reach for It

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by George Duke
     
 

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By 1977, the jazz content of George Duke's albums had decreased considerably, and soul and funk had become his main priorities. Reach for It has more to offer from an R&B standpoint than a jazz standpoint, though the fusion it does contain is first rate -- including the Latin-influenced "Hot Fire" and "Lemme at It" (an aggressive gem that's in a class with some…  See more details below

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By 1977, the jazz content of George Duke's albums had decreased considerably, and soul and funk had become his main priorities. Reach for It has more to offer from an R&B standpoint than a jazz standpoint, though the fusion it does contain is first rate -- including the Latin-influenced "Hot Fire" and "Lemme at It" (an aggressive gem that's in a class with some of the keyboardist/pianist's best work with the Billy Cobham/Duke Band). Reach's heavy R&B content resulted in Duke facing the same accusation as George Benson, Patrice Rushen and other improvisers who moved away from jazz in the '70s -- that he was a sellout. But none of this CD's R&B content comes across as contrived or formulaic. In fact, Duke is downright inspired on the haunting "Just for You" and the Parliament-influenced title song. Even so, it's always regrettable when a gifted improviser pretty much abandons jazz -- and Duke is a prime example. It should be stressed that the high rating awarded this CD is primarily from an R&B standpoint -- and that those strictly interested in hearing Duke playing jazz would be better off investing in earlier efforts like Faces in Reflection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/29/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644704228
catalogNumber:
47042

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Duke   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Raul de Souza   Trombone
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Manolo Badrena   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums,Timbales,Tom-Tom,Vocals
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Byron Miller   Bass,Keyboards
Deborah Thomas   Vocals
Sybil Thomas   Vocals
Icarus Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Dee Henrichs   Vocals
Charles "Icarus" Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Charles W. Johnson   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Duke   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Herb Cohen   Management
Manolo Badrena   Contributor
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Composer
John Golden   Mastering
Kerry McNabb   Engineer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Glen Christensen   Art Direction,Concept
Bruce Heigh   Management
Alan Santos   Monitor Mixer,Monitor Engineer,Management
Ron Lorman   Management
Hiroyuki Shiotsuki   Mastering
Johnny Golden   Mastering
Art Satren   Management

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Reach for It 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's brash to say, but I believe that this album should be in everyone's collection. Released in the 70's when disco was clogging the airwaves, a music lover's only salvation was to catch a note here and there from the top 40 funk bands like Average White Band or the Ohio Players in between the studio 54 noise. But then came Reach For It. This album went beyond top 40's mainstream funk, blending beautiful jazz percussion (Omi Fresh Water) with R&B (Just for You) and a little slice of X-rated naughty (Watch Out Baby!) The track called (Hot Fire) will have you making comparisons to Joe Satriani with its rapid fire guitar playing. It's impossible to place this album in one category. It's one of those albums that are a rich mixture of all things good. One or two tracks try too hard at the end, but the beginning of the album more than makes up for it. I would consider it a classic and a must for any funkadelic/fusion jazz connoisseur.