Grammy award winning keyboardist, singer, composer and producer George Duke takes a jazz funk glance back into his musical past with Deja vu. Deja vu is the experience of feeling that one has witnessed or experience a new situation previously. That's the mode you're in when you listen to the funk-driven energy of Duke's new CD.
The sound has characterized some of Duke's most memorable recordings from the golden age of funk and soul and has made Duke a platinum selling artist. Produced by Duke, Deja vu is a rich and exhilarating mixture of Latin, soul and funk. Duke brings together a roster of high profile musicians to the project, such as trumpeter Nicholas Payton, flutist Hubert Laws, sax player Bob Sheppard, bassists Larry Kimpel and Michael Manson, guitarists Paul Jackson, Jr., A. Ray Fuller and Jef Lee Johnson and drummer Teddy Campbell.
The very first opener "A Melody," explores the sound of a Brazilian love affair. the bluesy funk sound of "You Touch My Brain" and the dedications, such as "Ripple in Time (to Miles," which bears the sound of some of Miles' mid-80s work, Deja vu is very enjoyable. It's a mix of pop, jazz, R&B, Latin and funk-adding energy, and it's fun as it turns back the clock to the great jazz, funk and jazz rock of Miles, Mahavishnu and the Duke himself from the 70s.
If you love fun, funk -jazz that's great to listen to, Deja vu is for you.