Archive for August 14th, 2013

George Duke – DreamWeaver

It is a bittersweet thing to announce the release of George Duke’s DreamWeaver (Heads Up, 2013). The Grammy award-winning keyboardist, composer, producer and arranger died on Monday, August 5, 2013, just weeks after his latest recorded became available.

Duke began work on the project after the death of his wife, Corine. At first, he didn’t feel like creating any music. Then, after a cruise where he checked out some other bands, a couple of songs came to him.

“DreamWeaver” is a short piece that opens the set. It’s an appropriately haunting piece that sets the stage for an eclectic adventure of sound. It’s followed by “Stones of Orion,” featuring bassist Stanley Clarke, a longtime friend and collaborator. Also performing on this groove are Gorden Campbell, drums; Daniel Higgins, flute; Everette Harp, alto sax; Kamasi Washington, tenor sax; and Gary Grant, trumpet. Duke doubles on acoustic piano and synth. The track is accented by Duke’s beautiful piano play and Clarke’s acoustic bass solo.

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