Monday, 31 August 2009

George Duke ”Follow The Rainbow”

George Duke

Follow The Rainbow
( LP Epic Records, 1979 )
Catalog # JE 35701

A1 Party Down (3:09)
A2 Say That You Will (3:06)
A3 Funkin’ For The Thrill (4:02)
A4 Sunrise (4:44)
A5 Festival (6:40)
B1 I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You) (5:19)
B2 Straight From The Heart (3:52)
B3 Corine (6:00)
B4 Pluck (4:48)
B5 Follow The Rainbow (1:23)

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Art Direction] – Tony Lane
Artwork By [Concept & Design] – Tom Drennon
Artwork By [Illustration] – John Laven
Artwork By [Photography] – Bruce W. Talamon
Bass, Guitar – Kevin “Serious Biz” Dugan
Bass, Vocals, Written-By – Byron Miller (tracks: A3)
Drums – Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (tracks: B2, B3) , Ricky Lawson
Engineer [Recording, Remix] – Kerry McNabb
Engineer [Recording] – Dave Palmer (tracks: B3)
Guitar – Charles Icarus Johnson
Guitar [Electric] – Roland Bautiste (tracks: A1, A2)
Percussion, Vocals – Sheila Escovedo
Producer, Vocals, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes, Yamaha Electric Grand,
Yamaha Grand Piano 9'], Clavinet [Hohner D-6],
Synthesizer [Arp Odyssey, Mini Moog, Oberheim, Prophet, Funkosizer, Crumer Strings],
Written-by – George Duke
Saxophone [Tenor, Alto], Flute – Larry Williams
Trombone – Eric Culver
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Jerry Hey
Vocals – Josie James , Lynn Davis , Napoleon Murphy Brock
Vocals [Choir] – Children Of Distinction (tracks: B1)

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1979

When George Duke made the transition from jazz instrumentalist to R&B star in 1977, he received both negative and positive reviews. R&B-oriented publications tended to provide favorable reviews-even glowing ones-whereas much of the jazz media routinely trashed soul/funk efforts like 1979’s Follow the Rainbow. To many jazz critics, Duke was a sellout-a virtuoso who had forsaken creativity and was pandering to the lowest common denominator in order to enjoy financial security. But truth be told, jazz musicians don’t have the market cornered on creativity. Follow the Rainbow is, in fact, a creative album, and it’s an album that has very little to do with jazz. The LP includes a few fusion instrumentals, including the Brazilian-flavored “Festival.” But 90% of Follow the Rainbow is devoted to R&B, and anyone who judges it by those standards instead of jazz standards will have to agree that Duke is triumphant on sweaty funk tunes (”Party Down,” “I Am for Real”) as well as mellow soul ballads and slow jams like “Say That You Will,” “Straight From the Heart,” and the Earth, Wind & Fire-influenced “Sunrise.” This album is consistently excellent, but it isn’t recommended to jazz snobs — only those with a healthy appreciation of 1970s soul and funk will enjoy this album.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

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