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Guardian Of The Light - Expanded Edition
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Delighted to annouce the first ever expanded CD release of George Duke's 1983 album Guardian Of The Light, Expanded with 3 bonus tracks.
From the Original Master Tapes
'Guardian Of The Light' is Duke's FINEST album of the 1980's
bar none.It begins with the orchestrated theme "Oveture" with a
high ended beat.The monsters "Light" with it's Clarke/Duke Project sound,"Fly Away" and the folkish "Soon" have a certain
art jazz/rock edge that nobody has heard out of Duke in some time.Two catchy R&B songs "Born To Love You","You Are The Light"
and the jazz pop of "Give Love A Chance" are three of Duke's
best ballads.And of course the Dukey Stick still offers up some
seriously dangerous funk in "Shane",the millitantly anti-war
"Silly Fightin" and the classic "Reach Out".He even pulls some
electro funk out of his pocket with the instrumentals "Stand"
and "Celebrate" then touches on classical on "The War Fugue".
Eveything here is built around a concept about a power
struggle between Rol-the 'guardian of the light' and Shane,a wizard who is in charge of all darkness.They are fighting over crystals that expend positive energy;all as dreamed by a human man.The 'Guardian Of The Light' script was never filmed but this
'soundtrack' (as Duke calls it) is here.Not only the best thing he's done
since 1977's 'From Me To You' but the hardest JAM of 1983!!!!
The scope of keyboardist-composer-producer George Duke’s imprint on jazz and pop music over the past forty years is almost impossible to calculate. He has collaborated with some of the most prominent figures in the industry. A producer since the 1980s, he has crafted scores of fine recordings – many of them GRAMMY winners – for artists representing almost every corner of the contemporary American music landscape.
Duke was born in San Rafael, California, in January 1946. When he was four, his mother took him to a performance by that other Duke of jazz, Duke Ellington. He admits that he doesn’t remember much of the performance, but his mother told him years later that he spent the next several days demanding a piano.
Duke began his formal training on the instrument at age seven, his earliest influence being the culturally and historically rich black music of his local Baptist church. By his teen years, his universe of musical influences had expanded to include the more secular sounds of young jazz mavericks like Miles Davis, Les McCann and Cal Tjader – all of whom inspired him to play in numerous high school jazz groups. After high school, he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received a bachelor’s degree in 1967.
But perhaps the most important lessons came after college, when Duke joined Al Jarreau in forming the house band at the Half Note, the popular San Francisco club, in the late ‘60s. He also played with Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon in other San Francisco clubs around the same time.
For the next several years, Duke experimented with jazz and fusion by collaborating and performing with artists as diverse as Jean Luc-Ponty, Frank Zappa, Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Cobham and Stanley Clarke. He launched his solo recording career at age 20, and shortly thereafter began cutting LPs for the MPS label in the ‘70s. As the decade progressed, he veered more toward fusion, R&B and funk with albums like From Me To You (1976) and Reach For It (1978).
During this period he recorded what is possibly his best known album, Brazilian Love Affair. Released in 1980, the album included vocals by Flora Purim and Milton Nascimento, and percussion by Airto Moreira. Love Affair stood in marked contrast to the other jazz/funk styled albums he was cutting at the time.
Duke’s reputation as a skilled producer was also gathering steam. By the end of the ‘80s, he had made his mark as a versatile producer by helping to craft recordings by a broad cross section of jazz, R&B and pop artists: Raoul de Souza, Dee Dee Bridgewater, A Taste of Honey, Jeffrey Osborne, Deniece Williams, Melissa Manchester, Al Jarreau, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, The Pointer Sisters, Take 6, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker and many others. Several of these projects scored GRAMMY Awards.
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