Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Reach for It
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Keyboardist Duke, after stints with Billy Cobham, Cannonball Adderly, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa (to stunning effect), and Don Ellis's big band, graduated with this varied 1977 program to jazz-fusion star status. The reco... more »
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Keyboardist Duke, after stints with Billy Cobham, Cannonball Adderly, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa (to stunning effect), and Don Ellis's big band, graduated with this varied 1977 program to jazz-fusion star status. The recording features popish jazz grooves with plenty of spikes inlaid, including rock-solid and heavy fusion, '70s funk, love-lorn ballads, and sections of bristling ensemble playing. One can hear what it was that Zappa liked in the eclecticist Duke: raw-nerved electronic keyboards with shifting rhythms and a sense of the funk, fun, and burlesque that Zappa relished. Especially deserving of mention among Duke's band members are searing guitarist Charles Icarus Johnson, thudding bassist Byron Miller, and drummer Leon Ndugu Chancler--propulsive, rapid-fire, time- and shape-shifting. But they all got the funk. --Peter Monaghan
George Duke - Reach for It...
D. S. HARDEN | L.A.,CA USA | 01/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If he was truly trying to "Reach For It," then Mr. Duke succeeded! Along with many others, I just knew that Ndugu Chancleer was Bootsy Collins helping George Duke out!! Boy, were we mistaken!! I got to see his show "live" at the Roxy. The man (and his band) sounded just like the album...he didn't miss a beat, which proved to me then that he understood what his "Pop" crowd expected. At the same time however, he would slide in a little "improvisation" which showed us his jazz roots and skills without upsetting the balance of the song. There was a young lady with a "skull cap" on in the band who showed that she was a capable percussionist (turned out it was Sheila E. of later Pop fame!). Ndugu Chancleer showed himself to be a mighty, mighty percussionist! To this day, I just sit in awe of the bassist (Byron Miller?) who totally owned the Bass solo in "Reach for It." It was one of the best shows that I've ever seen to date (I saw the show in January of 1977).
Man, I miss those days! If you don't own a copy, get yourself one (they're cheap now...). Five Stars for Mr. Duke and "Reach for It!""
Reach For THIS!!!
Andre' S Grindle | Bangor,ME. | 09/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The classic title song with it's loose,live-in-the-studio raps
and Stanley Clarke's THUMPASAURUS bass on the ultra-funky vamp
"Watch Out,Baby" are worth the price of admission alone.But we've
also got the Afro-Cuban influened "Hot Fire",the heavy latin-funk
sounds of "Omi (Fresh Water)" and the pure bombastic fusion of
"Lemme At It".Despite it's availability "Reach for It" is still pretty much early,firey George Duke-before mushy ballads took
over,even on pure pop-R&B crooning like "Just For You" and the
funky pop of "Searchin' My Mind".Although this is excellent through and through I still suggest Duke's BASF/MPS recordings
in the mid 70's (such as "Liberated Fantasies") as good referance
points-all those albums are only available on vinyl but worth
searching for.Look for those but buy this too-it's fantastic!"
Sampled to Death for a Reason
Fred McGhee | Austin, TX | 01/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's a lot more going on here than just first rate funk. The Latin tinged improvisations (one featuring a young Sheila E.) on this album are terrific. And the space age Moog on several tracks is mind blowing.
And yes, the pimped up funk on this record is fantastic.
But please don't just listen to this album as a "dated" relic; blow the dust off of it and give it another listen. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how top notch it really is."