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George Duke – I Love the Blues, She Heard Me Cry (1975/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

George Duke – I Love the Blues, She Heard Me Cry (1975/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:40:53 minutes | 787 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Front Cover | © MPS

The list of heavyweights who join George Duke on 1975’s I Love the Blues: She Heard My Cry is impressive — some of the participants include Johnny “Guitar” Watson, singer Flora Purim, percussionist Airto Moreira, guitarist Lee Ritenour, drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, and guitarist George Johnson (of Brothers Johnson fame). With such a cast, one would expect this 1975 LP to be outstanding, which it isn’t. But it’s a respectable effort that thrives on diversity. The highlights of this album range from decent fusion instrumentals, like “That’s What She Said,” “Giant Child Within Us-Ego,” and “Sister Serene,” to the mellow soul ballad “Someday” and the Jimi Hendrix-like heavy metal/hard rock offering “Rokkinrowl,” which finds Duke singing lead and contains some of Ritenour’s more forceful playing. Meanwhile, Duke and Watson perform a vocal duet on the title song, which is the only 12-bar blues number on the album. In 1975, some jazz fans wished that the artist would stick to instrumental fusion and stay away from R&B and rock singing, but, in fact, it was jazz that Duke would eventually move away from. I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry isn’t recommended to those who only want to hear Duke as an instrumentalist, although it’s enjoyable if you like hearing some rock, soul, and blues singing along with your fusion. ~~AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

1. Chariot 02:59
2. Look Into Her Eyes 03:25
3. Sister Serene 04:33
4. That’s What She Said 04:29
5. Mashavu 01:50
6. Rokkinrowl, I Don’t Know 03:29
7. Prepare Yourself 05:28
8. Giant Child Within Us – Ego 06:38
9. Someday 02:40
10. I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry 05:27

George Duke, vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer
Johnny “Guitar” Watson, vocals, guitar, background vocals
John Wittenberg, vocals, violin
Janet Ferguson Hoff, Flora Purim, Janet Fergusonhoff, vocals
Daryl Stuermer, George Johnson, Lee Ritenour, guitar
Airto Moreira, berimbau, tambourine, percussion
Bruce Fowler, trombone
Ruth Underwood, marimba, percussion, gong
Emil Richards, marimba, percussion
Tom Fowler, bass
Byron Miller, guitar, bass
Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, drums, percussion, gong, background vocals
Roger Dollarhide, Donna Correa, Debra Fay, Chris Norris, Pat Norris, Patrick Norris, Larry Robinson, background vocals


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