George Duke Songbook

George Duke - After Hours (1998)  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 24, 2017
George Duke - After Hours (1998)

George Duke - After Hours (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 334 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included | 00:58:19
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9362-47073-2

After years of producing albums which were more pop/funk than jazz oriented, George Duke simmers down, leaves off the R&B vocals, and takes a little creative license on the self-proclaimed "mood record" After Hours. While his recent Muir Woods Suite showed off his affinity for classical music, here he's at his best on the meditative Vince Guaraldi-type trio ballads "Together as One" and "Sweet Dreams," which glide along on the improvisational and gently swinging graces of Christian McBride and Leon "Ndugu" Chancler. A whole project in this vein would have been welcome, but Duke charters other new territory, too; on the easy grooving "The Touch" and the almost new agey "From Dusk Till Dawn," he borrows the actual Rhodes from Joe Sample but winds up perfectly simulating Bob James' "Taxi" vibe, especially on the exploratory solo on the latter tune. The untrained ear might swear it's an actual James recording, but Duke's a clever enough producer to go beyond strict imitation. "The Touch" achieves an intriguing low-toned brew, as Sheridon Stokes' bass flute melody drifts gently over a hypnotic weave of Larry Kimpel's bass and Duke's Rhodes.
George Duke - Feel (1974/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

George Duke - Feel (1974/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 41:31 minutes | 807 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This album with the strange psychedelic sci-fi cover draws a tighter circle around Duke’s fusion language. The keyboard master ventures deep into his synthesizer laboratory. Duke shows himself to be a singer with a soulful sound. Shortly before this recording he had shelved his trombone so that he could communicate more directly with the audience, as can be heard in the hymnal, dreamlike title piece. The guest list of players make for an especially exciting concoction. No less than Duke’s playing companion Frank Zappa, under the cryptic pseudonym Obdewl’l X, performs some adventuresome guitar passages on “Love” and “Old Slippers”. On the California-sunshine pop samba, “Yana Aminah”, we have a surprise visit by Brazilian Flora Purim, wife of percussionist Airto Moreira, who opens up his bag of tricks on “The Once Over”, and plays on three more tracks.
George Cables - The George Cables Songbook (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

George Cables - The George Cables Songbook (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 72:51 minutes | 1,32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

In the 1970s and '80s, George Cables was the pianist of choice for saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper and he also recorded a lot with jazz stars Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson and Frank Morgan. On Cables' own new album, it's all personal. He's a terrific pianist, but his new album illuminates his gifts as a composer as much as his skill at the keyboard. Cables' student and outstanding vocalist in her own right, Sarah Elizabeth Charles has written lyrics for a number of Cables' instrumental numbers and she appears on the album to deliver them with a real sense of swing, style and sensitivity. Reedman Craig Handy is also featured as is percussionist Steve Kroon, adding some extra subtle color to the proceedings. But the dominant leitmotif throughout it all is Cables and his piano playing which, with all its ease of execution and non-flashy excellence, is always present to give good taste a good name.

George Duke - Greatest Hits (1996)  Music

Posted by Designol at Sept. 12, 2017
George Duke - Greatest Hits (1996)

George Duke - Greatest Hits (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Jazz-Funk, Funk, Fusion | Label: Epic | # EPC 477462 2 | Time: 00:46:18

Greatest Hits is a fine ten-track overview of the funk keyboardist's late-'70s/early-'80s recordings, containing all three of his Top Ten R&B hits ("Reach for It," "Dukey Stick," "Sweet Baby") plus a good selection of minor hits and album tracks.
Stanley Clarke / George Duke - The Clarke/Duke Project II (1983) {Epic}

Stanley Clarke / George Duke - The Clarke/Duke Project II (1983) {Epic}
EAC 0.95b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 300dpi | 262MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 91MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion

A brilliant player on both acoustic and electric basses, Stanley Clarke has spent much of his career outside of jazz, although he has the ability to play jazz with the very best. He played accordion as a youth, switching to violin and cello before settling on bass. He worked with R&B and rock bands in high school, but after moving to New York, he worked with Pharoah Sanders in the early '70s. George Duke showed a great deal of promise early in his career as a jazz pianist and keyboardist, but has forsaken that form to be a pop producer.
The George Duke Quartet - Jazz Workshop 1966 (2014/2015) [Official Digital Download]

The George Duke Quartet - Jazz Workshop 1966 (2014/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 37:56 minutes | 381 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Just barely 20 at the time, pianist George Duke made his recording debut with a straight-ahead quartet also including the obscure bass trumpeter David Simmons, bassist John Heard and drummer George Walker. This was one of Duke's very few all-standards sets, and he proved to be a fine hard bop/soul-jazz pianist; unfortunately, that phase would not last long. Highlights include "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," "Jeannine" and "Secret Love." But by the time the pianist recorded his second date as a leader three years later, this particular George Duke would be history.
George Duke - I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry (1975/2015) [TR24][OF]

George Duke - I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry
Fusion, Jazz-Funk | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | 40:53 min | 785 MB | Front Cover
Label: MPS Records | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 1975/2015

The list of heavyweights who join George Duke on 1975's I Love the Blues: She Heard My Cry is impressive — some of the participants include Johnny "Guitar" Watson, singer Flora Purim, percussionist Airto Moreira, guitarist Lee Ritenour, drummer Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, and guitarist George Johnson (of Brothers Johnson fame). With such a cast, one would expect this 1975 LP to be outstanding, which it isn't. But it's a respectable effort that thrives on diversity.

George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail (1975/2015) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 11, 2017
George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail (1975/2015) [TR24][OF]

George Duke - The Aura Will Prevail
Fusion, Jazz-Funk | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | 38:21 min | 708 MB | Front Cover
Label: MPS Records | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 1975/2015

In 1975, George Duke was dabbling in R&B vocals. But instrumental jazz-fusion was still his primary focus, and he had yet to be played extensively on any of the genres' stations. When The Aura Will Prevail came out that year, no one bought the LP for its occasional R&B vocal – the main attraction was Duke's keyboard playing. "Fools" is a melancholy soul ballad that finds him singing lead and predicts what was to come on R&B-oriented releases like Don't Let Go (1978) and Master of the Game (1979), but it isn't typical of the album on the whole.

George Duke - Faces In Reflection (1974/2015) [DSD64]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by tiburon at Jan. 19, 2017
George Duke - Faces In Reflection (1974/2015) [DSD64]

George Duke - Faces In Reflection (1974/2015)
DSF tracks 2CH | DSD 64(2.8 MHz/1 bit) | Front Cover | 1.57GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, MPS Records

Released in 1974, Faces in Reflection was, in many ways, George Duke's third album as a leader for MPS. The first two, Solus and The Inner Source, were recorded separately but issued as a double-LP by SABA, which shortly thereafter ceased doing business and was folded into MPS. That said, there is little resemblance between the man who recorded his early albums like Save the Country, those aforementioned, and the seasoned studio experimentalist who cut Faces in Reflection. Duke's periods with Cannonball Adderley and Frank Zappa (the latter an ongoing relationship; it was Zappa who introduced Duke to the synthesizer) had taught him a ton musically and about working in the studio. The players here include Leon "Ndugu" Chancler and bassist John Heard.

George Duke - Faces in Reflection (1974/2015) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Jan. 19, 2017
George Duke - Faces in Reflection (1974/2015) [TR24][OF]

George Duke - Faces in Reflection
Jazz Funk, Fusion | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | 39:40 min | 783 MB | Front Cover
Label: MPS Classical | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 1974/2015

Released in 1974, Faces in Reflection was, in many ways, George Duke's third album as a leader for MPS. The first two, Solus and The Inner Source, were recorded separately but issued as a double-LP by SABA, which shortly thereafter ceased doing business and was folded into MPS. That said, there is little resemblance between the man who recorded his early albums like Save the Country, those aforementioned, and the seasoned studio experimentalist who cut Faces in Reflection.