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George Duke: Dreamweaver

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George Duke makes joy out of sadness on DreamWeaver, the veteran keyboardist’s first album following the death of his wife, Corine, last year. Initially, the grief-stricken Duke found it difficult to create music, but inspiration eventually returned, and when it did, it clearly was flowing. Clocking in at nearly 75 minutes, DreamWeaver is an expansive, mostly high-spirited outing with something for just about everyone.

Duke swings through the jazzy “Stones of Orion,” which features his old friend and longtime collaborator Stanley Clarke on upright bass. He recalls his formative years and jazz awakening on “Trippin’,” and leads an all-star lineup of singers-including Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, BeBe Winans and Lori Perry-on “Change the World,” a “We Are the World”-style call for unity.

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