The true greatness of a man shows up in hard
times in managing personal problems. George Duke created
DreamWeaver after his beloved wife, Corine, passed away. In
light of this event, he found his inner balance during the
recordings. The epic Onomatopoeia of the introductory piece is
reminiscent of the legendary Genesis on Illusions.
Stanley Clarke's intimate playing style on the upright bass harmonizes
excellently with Duke's piano improvisation on Stones of Orion.
The gentleness with which both masters of jazz outline the notes of
the melodious episode, unparalleled. With Trippin' George
Duke takes a look back into his own youth, when he had the first
contact to jazz, especially to Julian Cannonball Adderley.
With a strong horn section, a funky guitar and the well-known keyboard
George Duke succeeds the great appearance on the impressive
AshTray. Of course, George Duke is also a master of the ballad,
as he shows with Missing You. A piece that seems to be
recorded with such ease and yet in view of the tragic event receives
a bitter aftertaste.
Jeffrey Osborne, Lalah Hathaway, Freddie Jackson, BeBe Winans and
Howard Hewett sing and celebrate together Change The World
in the tradition of Africa's We Are The World. The
gospel-enhanced chorus convinced with a wonderful melody and perfect
harmony. The infectious Jazzmatazz combines elements of Tom
Brown's Funkin' For Jamaica
with Quincy Jones' Back On The Block to an irresistible
The alluring ballade Round The Way Girl has the same vibe as
songs of the great Curtis Mayfield. On Brown Sneakers
George Duke lives his passion of the keyboard. Further ballades like
You Never Know and Ball & Chain
featuring the late Teena Marie illustrate the exceptional quality of
this great musician as a keyboardist, arranger and composer. With
Burnt Sausage Jam launches Duke a dizzying tour de force
inlaying later a more relaxed pace. He is joined by Christian
McBride, acoustic bass, Jef Lee Johnson, electric and acoustic
guitars, Li'l John Roberts, drums, and diverse horn players. The
album ends with Happy Trails, a swinging ballade,
presenting great voices and sophisticated instrumentation.
With DreamWeaver George Duke serves a broad range of
listeners with outstanding music, as always timeless reference.