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George Duke – Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner)

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The fusion movement has a lot in common with a tropical storm: it rages fiercely in its early phases but becomes less wild later on, yet still blows a gale. In the eye of the storm that tore its path through the various musical styles and genres as from 1960 is George Duke, who entered into creative and stormy partnerships with such artists as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Jean-Luc Ponty. The rainbow colours with which Duke chose to tint this album are taken less from the paintpots of fusion jazz and rock, and rather more from the black, natural colours of rhythm and blues. Next to a relaxed love groove ("Say That You Will") we find a polyphonic vocal number with solos ("Sunrise"), which conjures up the nostalgic atmosphere of Motown, now on the decline. Then there is snappy funk in all manner of variations, such as "Party Down", which swings trendily along but then comes over unfiltered and dry as a bone.

In "Follow The Rainbow", genial musicianship, expert arrangements and a special feeling for resonance amalgamate to create a tightly-knit sound which is ever fresh and easy-going.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

"Follow The Rainbow" - George Duke (voc, keyb); Larry Williams (ts, fl); Eric Culver (tb); Charles Icarus Johnson (g); Byron Miller (b); Ricky Lawson, Leon 'Ndugu' Chandler (dr); Sheila Escovedo (perc, voc); Napoleon Murphy Brock (voc), a.o.

Recording: 1979 at Westlake Recording, Los Angeles, by Kerry McNabb and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer

Production: George Duke

Release details

Label: Speakers Corner Records, Epic
Format: LP, Album, Reissue
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2015
Genre: Funk / Soul, Jazz
Style: Disco, Funk, Jazz-Funk


A1 Party Down
A2 Say That You Will
A3 Funkin' For The Thrill
A4 Sunrise
A5 Festival
B1 I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)
B2 Straight From The Heart
B3 Corine
B4 Pluck
B5 Follow The Rainbow