by George DukeGeorge Duke


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Cool is George Duke's sixth release for the Warner Brothers Jazz recording label and features 13 songs clad in situations actually encountered and lived by this giant of jazz, R&B, and pop. The Duke lifestyle makes a dramatic appearance through his richly textured vocal remembrances of his childhood on "Marin City" and spoken introductions that reflect the inner and ancestral sources that feed his soul and music on "Ancient Source." Duke displays the joyous, upbeat side of his musical personality on "If You Will," with the great Flora Purim in a lively samba with excellent piano styling and background vocals that include his son, Rashid Duke. The nucleus of this masterpiece is "The Times We've Known," a song Duke discovered when asked to do a tribute to Charles Aznavour. It is a beautiful, heartfelt experience featuring a gospel choir that heightens what Duke feels and says in a rousing finale. Cool is a CD filled with a diverse range of musical styles and expressions, and whether he is the lead vocalist, keyboardist, or providing background vocals, the master is the architect of funk, pop, Latin, gospel, blues, and R&B passion on this excellent musical mission. As composer, arranger, and musical director, George Duke maintains and elevates the styles and spirit of the House of Duke and works in brilliant collaboration with a support team of consummate artists like Leon "Ndugu" Chanceler, Philip Bailey, Tony Maiden, Chanté Moore, Paul Jackson, Jr., and the Perry Sisters: Lori, Sharon, Darlene, and Carolyn. So cool!

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2000
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624766025
catalogNumber: 47660
Rank: 110121

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Duke   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Philip Bailey   Background Vocals
Howard Hewett   Background Vocals
Bennie Maupin   Tenor Saxophone
Chanté Moore   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Brookins   Background Vocals
Carl Carwell   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Da'dra Crawford   Vocals
Steve Crawford   Vocals
LaVan Davis   Choir, Chorus
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Rashid Duke   Background Vocals
Ray Fuller   Electric Guitar
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson   Electric Guitar
Josie James   Background Vocals
Jef Lee Johnson   Track Performer
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Byron Miller   Bass
Lori Perry   Choir, Chorus
Darlene Perry   Choir, Chorus
Sharon Perry   Choir, Chorus
Flora Purim   Vocals
Denise Walls   Vocals
Kandy Johnson   Background Vocals
Krystal Johnson   Background Vocals
Rick Nelson   Choir, Chorus
Kim Johnson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Duke   Producer
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Katherine Delaney   Art Direction

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