Duke, George - Deja Vu (CD)

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  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Fusion
Number of Items
D‚j… Vu
Country of Origin
Heads Up
Universal Distribution
Mono / Stereo
JazzTimes (p.65) - "This one's for Duke's R&B fans and those who like their contemporary jazz served with heft and verve."
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] A Melody
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] You Touch My Brain
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] What Goes Around Comes Around
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Bring Me Joy
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Ripple In Time
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Oh Really?
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 8 O'Clock Revisited
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Come To Me Now
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Stupid Is As Stupid Does
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Deja Vu
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Melody, A
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] You Touch My Brain
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] What Goes Around Comes Around
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Bring Me Joy
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Ripple in Time [For Miles]
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Oh Really?
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 6 O'Clock Revisited
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Come to Me Now
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Stupid Is as Stupid Does
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] D‚j… Vu
Release Date
3 August 2010

Audio Mixer: Erik Zobler.
Recording information: Le Gonks West, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Bobby Holland .
D‚j… Vu is 2010's bookend to 2008's Dukey Treats. That record explored George Duke's funk roots and channeled everything from Earth, Wind & Fire to P-Funk, artists who inspired his own successful run of funk outings. D‚j… Vu revisits Duke's love of electric funky jazz. Here he recalls some of the production and musical techniques he employed in the '70s. Along with playing a load of synths (mono and analog), Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, clavinet, acoustic piano, and even miniMoog bass are in abundance, too. The production is pure retro; compared to the contemporary jazz recordings of the 21st century, D‚j… Vu sounds almost organic. Duke composed, produced, and arranged the set as well. "A Melody" recalls -- seamlessly -- the sounds and textures explored on 1979's A Brazilian Love Affair. A chorus of backing vocalists glides above a modern samba groove, driven by various synth strings and percussion and rhythms held steady by drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr. and bassist Michael Manson. The breezy melody gives way to some fine inside improvisation. "You Touch My Brain" is slippery laid-back funk … la Sly Stone's Fresh album, with a nice trumpet break by Nicholas Payton. "What Goes Around Comes Around" features some nice piano, an excellent vocal through a synth, and a gorgeous Everette Harp soprano solo. "Ripple in Time" is dedicated to Miles Davis. Duke is is clearly inspired by Davis' Tutu period. It's a lengthy but moody beginning, but cracks into a beautiful funky vamp at the two-minute mark. Duke's bass sound is big and meaty; Oscar Brashear provides excellent trumpet work next to Harp's tenor sax before a badass guitar by Jef Lee Johnson claims the vamp and works it to death. "Stupid Is as Stupid Does" might have come from his Feel or Faces in Reflection outings from the mid-'70s. Hubert Laws' signature flute appears, as does Bob Sheppard's tenor. The title track is the biggest surprise: closing out the album, it reflects the drama of John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with Duke handling the guitar sounds on a Motif ES8! The violin playing by Sarah Thornblade is a dynamic foil. D‚j… Vu is Duke's most consistently satisfying and eclectic recording since 1995's Illusions. Highly recommended. ~ Thom Jurek

Date Released
2010-08-03 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
George Duke
George Duke
  1. Duke, George
55m 47s
Erik Zobler
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