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David Matthews – Dune (1977/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Matthews – Dune (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 36:58 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © CTI Records
Recording: Electric Lady Studios, New York, June 1977

One of the coolest, grooviest albums we’ve ever heard from arranger David Matthews – a set that draws inspiration from Frank Herbert’s Dune, and sends Dave out into space with a whole bunch of sci fi-tinged funky numbers! Matthews has already had plenty of CTI arranging experience by the time of this set – but he really moves into some unusual space with the record – open, evocative tunes that really live up to their inspiration, but also have some of Dave’s funky touches too. Matthews gets help from an all-star lineup of CTI players – including Grover Washington on reeds and Eric Gale on guitar – and titles include the massive funk track “Sandworms”, plus “Song Of The Bene Gesserit”, “Silent Running”, “Arrakis”, and “Space Oddity”.

Dune by David Matthews: This 1977 album is, perhaps, Matthews’s most singular statement of artistic greatness. You probably don’t know anything about it because of producer Creed Taylor’s insistence to tie the album to Frank Herbert’s 1965 book Dune (which hadn’t been turned into a film until 1984) – using Star Wars-styled typography. Matthews objected. But Taylor insisted. And Herbert, who died in 1986, sued this brilliant musical journey right out of existence – despite the music having absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Herbert’s work other than some obscure title cops. Dune, though, is magisterial; undoubtedly one of composer, arranger and producer David Matthews’ very best. Side one is a tremendously exciting Matthews suite featuring excellent turns by star soloists such as Grover Washington, Jr. (the oft sampled “Sandworms”), David Sanborn (“Song of the Bene Gesserit”), Hiram Bullock and Eric Gale. The original LP’s second side features several space-related covers, all expertly, if not astoundingly, arranged by Matthews, the surprisingly sumptuous “Silent Running” (the 1972 movie theme by Peter Schickele, aka P.D.Q. Bach, and host of NPR’s Schickele Mix), the odd-choice of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (featuring the negligible Googie Coppola on vocals and Matthews’s remarkably beautiful string work, which must be heard to be believed) and two inevitable covers from John Williams’ Star Wars, both of which were issued on 45 at the time – and both far more engaging than the huge Meco single of the time. An absolutely essential part of CTI’s iconography and David Matthews’ vast discography.

1. Part I: Arrakis 6:03
2. Part II: Sandworms 5:03
3. Part III: Song Of The Bene Gesserit 2:50
4. Part IV: Muad’Dib 6:36
5. Space Oddity 6:05
6. Silent Running 3:16
7. Princess Leia’s Theme (From Star Wars) 2:55
8. Main Theme From Star Wars 3:22

Arranger, Composer, Keyboards – David Matthews
Alto Saxophone [Melody Solo] – David Sanborn
Bass – Mark Egan, Gary King
Bass Trombone – Dave Taylor
Concertmaster [String] – Sanford Allen
Drums – Andy Newmark, Steve Gadd
Flugelhorn [Solo] – Joe Shepley
Flute [Solo] – David Tofani
Guitar [Melody Solo] – Hiram Bullock, Eric Gale
Oboe [Solo] – Lew Delgatto
Keyboards [Synthesizer Solo] – Cliff Carter
Percussion – Gordon Gottlieb, Sue Evans
Soprano, Tenor Saxophone [Solo] – Grover Washington, Jr.
Trumpet [Solo] – Randy Brecker
Trombone – Jerry Chamberlain, Sam Burtis, Tom Malone, Wayne Andre
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Burt Collins, Jim Bossy, John Gatchell, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff
Vocals – Googie Coppola


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