[NEW RELEASES] DREAMWEAVER
The mid-tempo “Stones of Orion,” which pairs Duke on acoustic piano with longtime collaborator Stanley Clarke on upright bass, is a gently swinging modern jazz composition that recalls his early days with Cannonball Adderley’s band. Duke’s distinctive ability to make vintage synthesizers - the ARP Odyssey, Minimoog, clavinet and Prophet 5 - sound bluesy and funky comes through on the 15-minute “Burnt Sausage Jam.”
Duke expresses his love for his late wife on the tender, piano-driven ballad “Missing You,” a romantic vocal duet with Rachelle Ferrell. The album ends by turning the cowboy ballad “Happy Trails’’ - Dale Evans’ closing theme to “The Roy Rogers Show” - into a soulful, heartfelt farewell to his wife.