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George Duke: Face the Music

Keyboardist/producer George Duke inaugurates his new label, Big Piano Music, with Face the Music, an album filled with zesty, free-spirited, funk-fusion jams.

The album was recorded shortly after 9/11. Duke writes in the album notes that he had planned to have the band play a week at the Los Angeles club Catalina’s in order to learn the material, but in the aftermath of Sept. 11, bassist Christian McBride, who was playing with Sting at the time, was stranded in Spain and unable to make rehearsals. When they finally did perform together, the musicians were heavy-hearted, but the mood had lifted by the end of the week and spirited hope runs through the CD.

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