Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

348

George Duke: Face The Music

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
From A to Z (Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa), George Duke has worked with an eclectic bunch. He has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. Face The Music is Duke’s first release on his own label, Big Piano Music.

The recording kicks things off with “The Black Messiah (Part Two),” which includes the voice of the late Cannonball Adderley introducing George Duke at one of their performances. Duke brings his flair for funk; you can hear the ol’ school R&B influences in his sound. He is a master on grand piano and synths.

“Chillin” is a warm, tropical piece—wide open, with lots of room for the Caribbean breeze. Duke’s vocals are hypnotic and smooth, and the acoustic bass of Christian McBride adds earthy warmth.

Duke continues the smooth swingin’ on “My Piano,” bringing his Latin chops out. He is truly an accomplished keyboardist. And he has fun—you can sense it. It makes for good listening. On this cut he slips from a South American sound to gospel to a building chorus that will give you goosebumps!

George Duke has always loved a funky bassist and a powerful drummer, as evidenced with his work with Stanley Clarke and Billy Cobham. Bassist McBride and drummer Little John Roberts continue that tradition here.

Duke mixes things up nicely and presents a pretty package with Face The Music. The sexy, sultry “Guess You’re Not The One” displays Duke’s lyrical sound. He paints a picture on the piano, truly beautiful stuff. “Ten Mile Jog” closes out this fine compilation with funk urgency! Call to arms! Duke means business. Check this CD out.

Visit www.georgeduke.com


Track Listing: The Black Messiah (Part two), Chillin', My Piano, Guess You're Not The One, Let's Roll, Ain't It Funky Now, Clse To You (featuring Kirk Whalum), Another Way To Look At It, Creepin', Ten Mile Jog

Personnel: George Duke (piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, clavinet, nord lead3, mini mog, se-1, Roland A-90, vocals, TC-Helicon Voice Prism Plus, EMU E4X Turbo Sampler, Korg X5DR), Christian McBride (upright, electric and fretless basses), Jef Lee ohnson (acoustic and electric guitars), Little John Roberts (drums, Roland Vdrums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Everette Harp (alto sax), Daniel Higgins (tenor sax), Oscar Brashear (trumpet, flugelhorn), Isaac Smith (trombone), Lori Perry (background vocal), Kenya Hathaway (background vocal), Jim Gilstrap (background vocal), Wayne Holmes (background vocal), Kirk Whalum (tenor sax on "Close To You")

Title: Face The Music | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Big Piano Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read New American Songbooks, Volume 2 Album Reviews
New American Songbooks, Volume 2
By Karl Ackermann
February 19, 2019
Read Live At JazzCase Album Reviews
Live At JazzCase
By Troy Dostert
February 19, 2019
Read Eastern Sonata Album Reviews
Eastern Sonata
By James Fleming
February 19, 2019
Read Cannonball Album Reviews
Cannonball
By Rob Rosenblum
February 19, 2019
Read Child Of Illusion Album Reviews
Child Of Illusion
By Don Phipps
February 19, 2019
Read Infection In The Sentence Album Reviews
Infection In The Sentence
By Chris May
February 18, 2019
Read Real Isn't Real Album Reviews
Real Isn't Real
By Phil Barnes
February 18, 2019