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DreamWeaver

George DukeAudio CD
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The scope of keyboardist-composer-producer George Duke’s imprint on jazz and pop music over the past forty years is almost impossible to calculate. He has collaborated with some of the most prominent figures in the industry. A producer since the 1980s, he has crafted scores of fine recordings – many of them GRAMMY winners – for artists representing almost every corner ... Read more in Amazon's George Duke Store

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  • Audio CD (July 16, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B00CH3QL0G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. DreamWeaver
2. Stones Of Orion
3. Trippin'
4. AshTray
5. Missing You
6. Transition 1
7. Change The World
8. Jazzmatazz
9. Round the way girl
10. Transition 2
11. Brown Sneakers
12. You Never Know
13. Ball & Chain
14. Burnt Sausage Jam
15. Happy Trails

Editorial Reviews

George Duke describes this as his "strongest album in years." The brilliant keyboardist-composer-producer has gathered a myriad of voices and crystallizes them into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighs the sum of its parts. From bassist Christian McBride's work on the funky jam tune "Burnt Sausage" to Rachelle Ferrell s contemporary jazz singing on "Missing You," every song offers something special. The powerful centerpiece of the album, the positive and politically charged "Change the World," spotlights several up-and-coming young singers alongside some of the most prominent funk, soul, gospel and R&B artists of the last few decades: Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway), Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Lori Perry (of sister group Perri), Freddie Jackson and Terry Dexter, among others. A special bonus cut, Ball & Chain, features a duet with Duke accompanying the late R&B singer Teena Maria one of the last tracks she recorded before her sudden death in 2010.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the funk master July 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD
George Duke has been at this game a long time, so you might think he's lost some of the magic. Happy to report that thankfully, this is not the case. On DreamWeaver, there is wide spread of everything that has made Duke's career so memorable. Plenty of funky licks to be sure, but there's also a lot of soul and heart in this album as well. The passing of his wife last year is the impetus for the creation of these tracks, and it's a solid tribute with deeper meaning than you might expect from the trippy cover art and song titles.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Duke Weaving A Wonderful Musical Dream July 18, 2013
Format:Audio CD
One of the qualities I've always admired about George Duke is the genuine creative meaning he sees within music. By referring in these liner notes to the idea of artists being dream weavers-taking the tangible and intangible elements of the world to reach a deeper level of understanding, makes it clear he doesn't see musicians merely as a commodity to be bought and sold. That 60's/70's ethic is suc h a strong part of his being it deeply influences everything he does. On his previous album Deja Vu George Duke began to show the first signs of musically treading water just a little. Following this he faced two major losses of women who effected him strongly in different ways. There was of course the late and sublimely talented Teena Marie and than his wife Corine. George had always had his family as his creative guiding light,including employing his son Rashid on his website and naming a 1979 song of his after his wife,who was similarly involved with his music as well.. There was also the loss of Jef Lee Johnson,a not too well known guitarist who plays on this album. Together of course with Duke stalwarts such as his right hand man Stanley Clarke and vocalist Rachelle Farrell George Duke gained new ground here by regrouping his creative elements that occurred after these vital losses into music that has totally revitalized his creative energies.

The title song begins the albums as a series of three orchestral synthesized transitions that bridge different sections of this album. "Stones Of Orion" finds George in a very small group type jazzy setting-with Stanley Clarke playing some of his acoustic bass vamping his showcases along with his more famous electric bass works.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I've been a George Duke fan for 20+ years. He plays with a lot of feeling on this album as it is a tribute to his late wife.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST FAREWELL GIFT THAT CAN BE GIVEN!!!!! August 7, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
It is with TREMENDOUS SADNESS that I am writing this review, a day after hearing the tragic news that a pioneering figure in the music industry has left us.George Duke has been one of the most revered artists in the Jazz Genre, as well as the music industry as a whole.His collaborations with Frank Zappa are legendary,also with Billy Cobham, Marcus Miller and other artists that would fill up 2 reviews.I remember first hearing his music around 1978 in my junior year in college with the album "Reach For it". The title song was one of the first songs that I can remember that was truly a statement that jazz/funk could be combined.And then there was CLARKE/DUKE.For those of you that have read my past reviews here you know that I considered them one of the most influential collaborations in popular, as well as jazz,rock, and funk music.I have been a CLARKE/DUKE enthusiast since the beginning in 1981.I have seen them in person twice(1981,2006).THEY ROCK!!!In Fact,my wife and I have tickets to see them at the Low Country Jazz Festival in Chareston, SC on Aug 31, an occasion that will bring with all the joy of seeing Stanley a touch of sadness without THE DUKE at his side.As a producer/writer/movie/tv scorer George made a tremendous impact also.In addition to all of this, he could still TEAR A STAGE UP! This newest project carries his legacy on with an EXCELLENT BATCH of what the man is famous for,hard-nosed funk,smooth sensual ballads, and along with Bob James & Ramsey Lewis, the finest keyboarding that I have ever heard in my life,and also leaves us with a FITTING TRIBUTE to his many talents as an artist,writer, and producer.RIP GEORGE!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duke Weaves Final Dream August 12, 2013
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The Constellation of George Duke is forever coded in American Classic Music. His final recording session before his untimely passing was meant as a tribute to his wife, Corrine, that preceded him some months ago. That it took a herculean effort for him to return to his passion in the midst of grieving speaks in volumes of this Dreamweaver. The material here covers the gamut of his exposure to myriad music styles over his illustrious career as band member, solo artist and producer. Duke trail blazed using the synthesizer as a surrogate sound ranging from trumpet (Miles), trombone (JJ Johnson, Raul DeSouza), Sax and flute, and the most copied, bending note guitar sounds he culled from his array of keyboards. It was here he branded a sound so many keyboardists and fans admired. Frank Zappa, Cannonball Adderley, Burt Bacharach set a high water mark in the cannon of American Classic Music. And Mr. Duke's proximity to these great artists is well documented. Add names like Regina Bell, Angela Winbush, Anita Baker, Jeffrey Osburne... To many to squeeze here. Suffice to say Mr. Duke will be missed. But like an evergreen, and a knowing, if its American Classic Music, he be there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars DreamWeaver Dissappointment
After all the glowing reviews of George Duke's last album, I was truly disappointed in the final product. The material was mediocre at best.
Published 1 month ago by Wanda M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone but not forgiven
This was nice work once again from Sir Duke. As I listened to the tracks I could feel that he put his whole heart and soul into the project. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. O'leary
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Favorite
It just didn't sound like my previous George Duke albums. Perhaps it will grow on me, but the initial playing didn't move me at all.
Published 1 month ago by Alfreda Vann
4.0 out of 5 stars We have come to expect this from George
Ahhhh, George...Producer, artist, musician, composer...what else can I say? He's already missed. More of the greatness we have come to expect from him.
Published 2 months ago by derrick barrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Weaver cd by George Duke
George Duke shall always remain a legend. I had the awesome privilege of meeting him in person on two different occasions. He was humbled by the audience's presence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melva Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
What can I say, it's the Duke. I believe that this was his last work which adds to my pleasure, he will be missed.
Published 2 months ago by Willie Coleman Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't been this smooth and cool in decades
George Duke left us such wonderful gift in this album. It reaches deep into his Jazz soul and we all get to stand a little taller and walk with more righteousness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne
4.0 out of 5 stars The final George Duke CD
This kind of sums up most of George's amazing career. It is also dedicated to his late wife who passed away shortly before he did. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Zale
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you George for this gift
George Duke, through his music, was nostalgic and sentimental, a social commentator, improvisational, entrepreneurial, and connected to many generations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JazzArtLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr DukeyStick
What an excellent recording! I'll recommend this seller to all the music buying community. It downloaded without a problem! Thanks!
Published 3 months ago by MichaeL
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