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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 074644704228
  • Catalog Number: 47042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Beginning (1:50)
  2. 2 Lemme at It (4:13)
  3. 3 Hot Fire (5:31)
  4. 4 Reach for It (4:53)
  5. 5 Just for You (4:28)
  6. 6 Omi (4:50)
  7. 7 Searchin' My Mind (3:11)
  8. 8 Watch Out Baby! (5:25)
  9. 9 Diamonds (6:45)
  10. 10 The End (1:07)
  11. 11 Bring It on Home (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Duke Primary Artist, 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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Funk

    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.

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