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My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke

Al Jarreau

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Al Jarreau got his start playing in a jazz trio led by pianist/keyboardist George Duke, so it is fitting that Jarreau pays tribute to Duke, who passed away in 2013, on his 2014 album My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke. It was while working as a vocal rehab counselor at a hospital in San Francisco in the late '60s that Jarreau began singing with Duke's trio. It was also due in part to the popularity of these early performances that both musicians' storied solo careers were launched. On My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, Jarreau delves into a batch of Duke compositions with a select group of guest artists, many of whom also had connections to Duke. Joining Jarreau here are such luminaries as Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, Dianne Reeves, and others. Similarly, backing Jarreau at various times is a superb ensemble of musicians including bassist Stanley Clarke (who also produced the album), keyboardists John Beasley and Patrice Rushen, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., and drummer John "J.R." Robinson. In fact, Duke himself makes an appearance here via the wonders of modern technology on the languidly romantic "Bring Me Joy." Elsewhere, Jarreau turns his sonorous, joyful voice to such Duke songs as "Sweet Baby," "No Rhyme, No Reason," "You Touch My Brain," and more. Ultimately, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke is a heartfelt tribute album that, as with many of Jarreau and Duke's previous albums, feels fresh, warm, and full of love.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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1
My Old Friend
Gerald Albright
00:04:57

Steve George, Composer - Gerald Albright, FeaturedArtist - Richard Page, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Lang, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Someday
Dianne Reeves
00:04:09

Dianne Reeves, FeaturedArtist - George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Churchyheart (Backyard Ritual)
Marcus Miller
00:04:56

MARCUS MILLER, FeaturedArtist - George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
SomeBossa (Summer Breezin’)
Gerald Albright
00:04:41

Gerald Albright, FeaturedArtist - George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer - Patrick Lundquist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
Sweet Baby
Lalah Hathaway
00:04:31

George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - Lalah Hathaway, FeaturedArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
Every Reason To Smile / Wings Of Love
Al Jarreau
00:03:51

Peter Schless, ComposerLyricist - George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - STANLEY CLARKE, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Osborne, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
No Rhyme, No Reason
Kelly Price
00:04:05

George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - Kelly Price, FeaturedArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
Bring Me Joy
George Duke
00:04:36

Lenny Castro, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Al, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - BONEY JAMES, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Bacon, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Omari Williams, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
Brazilian Love Affair / Up From The Sea It Arose and Ate Rio In One Swift Bite
Dianne Reeves
00:04:46

Dianne Reeves, FeaturedArtist - George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

10
You Touch My Brain
Dr. John
00:04:44

Dr. John, FeaturedArtist - George Duke, ComposerLyricist - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - John Burk, Producer

℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.

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Al Jarreau got his start playing in a jazz trio led by pianist/keyboardist George Duke, so it is fitting that Jarreau pays tribute to Duke, who passed away in 2013, on his 2014 album My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke. It was while working as a vocal rehab counselor at a hospital in San Francisco in the late '60s that Jarreau began singing with Duke's trio. It was also due in part to the popularity of these early performances that both musicians' storied solo careers were launched. On My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, Jarreau delves into a batch of Duke compositions with a select group of guest artists, many of whom also had connections to Duke. Joining Jarreau here are such luminaries as Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, Dianne Reeves, and others. Similarly, backing Jarreau at various times is a superb ensemble of musicians including bassist Stanley Clarke (who also produced the album), keyboardists John Beasley and Patrice Rushen, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., and drummer John "J.R." Robinson. In fact, Duke himself makes an appearance here via the wonders of modern technology on the languidly romantic "Bring Me Joy." Elsewhere, Jarreau turns his sonorous, joyful voice to such Duke songs as "Sweet Baby," "No Rhyme, No Reason," "You Touch My Brain," and more. Ultimately, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke is a heartfelt tribute album that, as with many of Jarreau and Duke's previous albums, feels fresh, warm, and full of love.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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