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George Duke | “Dukey Treats”

 

George Duke
“Dukey Treats”
www.georgeduke.com

I don’t know if this is the best or worse album TITLE of all time, but it made me laugh out loud immediately, so it must lean on the side of best?!  Whatever you think, Dukey Treats may be the most appropriate because the grooves and tunes here are just plain STANKY!

There isn’t room enough to list all of the wonderful musicians who appear here, but trust me…  The bass work will give you a lesson in groove and pocket that no school could provide, the drummers are all among my favorites in the pocket-game (Ron Bruner, Jr. seems to be on almost every new disc I get lately and I don’t mind one bit!  Dudes nasty!), George sounds beautiful and everyone on this disc shines.  I’ve been waiting for a disc like this and I’m not surprised it came from George Duke.  Pure funk, deep grooves and food for the soul here folks.

There is also a wonderful collection of ballads and heart-felt soul vibes.  The tracks seem to bounce back and forth between the deep funk and ballads, so if you’re feeling one way or the other, just skip ahead and your needs will all be satisfied.  If you like a balance and can dip back and forth like that, this may be the best album in decades, cause it’s got it all.

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