Label: Heads Up International - UCCT-1204 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul • Style: Jazz-Funk, Funk
In truth, it's a bit of a surprise given the sheer laid-back tone of 's In a Mellow Tonewhich was Fly Baby (Tom Middletons Cosmos Remix) - Various - Test Three piano trio date, but then, Duke hasn't been predictable for some time. What is interesting is that this return to the music that made him a commercial superstar and a platinum-selling artist coincides with a look back at his early fusion catalog by Universal in Japan, Europe, and the United States.
In there have been two separate releases of Feel -- an elegant Japanese one designed for export by SPV and a bargain-priced edition in Verve's Originals series. But Dukey Treats isn't a fusion record. Instead, it's a funk and slick uptown soul outing. Duke surrounds himself with friends old and new on this set, including Sheila E.
The music walks an interesting line between backbone-slipping, hip-wriggling funk jams reminiscent of not only Duke 's early experiments with Somebody Laid It On Us - George Duke - Dukey Treats form, but also of Don Blackman 's and George Clinton 's -- and modern, silky rich, velvety sophisticated soul. The title track is a great example with killer bass work by Byron Miller who steals the show right from the Somebody Laid It On Us - George Duke - Dukey Treats and nifty accompanying synth and clavinet bass by Duke.
The album opener, "Everyday Hero," is a basic hard jazz funk chant, with smoking horn work and with tough bass by Michael Manson. Duke 's Rhodes and clavinet shape the front of the tune while a chorus of vocalists uses the few words as another rhythmic element. In his solo, Duke even nods to his time spent with Frank Zappa in one of his codas.
Elsewhere, such as on "I Tried to Tell You," the horns introduce a shimmering uptown ballad underscored by Duke 's acoustic piano and synth strings. The soulful thang comes floating down to the listener via the twinned overdubbed electric guitars of Johnson and the oh-so-smooth vocals of JamesFoster, and James Gilstrap. Another of these late-night ballads is "Listen Baby," with a shockingly solid vocal performance by Duke they were never his strong point trying to do his best Marvin Gaye.
Jazz fusion does make one entry on this set in "Images of Us. They turn in a knotty, groove-laden performance. Dukey Be Free (Kenny Dope Remix) - Antoinette Roberson - Be Free is a mixed bag, but it works well.
It's the brightest and most enjoyable as in "fun" record Duke has done in at least a decade, and scatalogical cover references aside you can't mistake the title " Dukey Treats " with the image of a box of chocolates and Duke holding a keytar-shaped one in his fingers for anything elsethis set is a winner.
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