George Duke – Rendez Vous (1984) – Lp
George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music.
Artist: George Duke
Title: Rendez Vous
Label: Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 26059
After his US R&B success with “Reach For It” (1977) and “Dukey Stick” (1978), RENDEZVOUS was jazz’n’funk pioneer George Duke’s eleventh and final album for Epic Records.
Released in 1984, RENDEZVOUS was produced by George, who wrote or co-wrote all but two of the tracks. Featured musicians on the album included longtime musical associates Byron Miller on bass, Ndugu Chancler on drums, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion, Josie James and Lynn Davis on background vocals,Jerry Hey on trumpet and Michael Sembello on guitar with special guests Stanley Clarke, Steve Ferrone (of Average White Band) on drums, Nathan East (on bass).
With a strong Earth, Wind & Fire influence on several tunes such as `Stay Awhile,’ `Got To Get Back To Love’ and `She Can Wait Forever,’ other key cuts on the album include the Brazilian-flavoured `Ipanema Lady’ and the mellow smooth-jazz-styled, `Thinking Of You.’
1. Got To Get Back To Love (5:28)
2. Stay Awhile (2:58)
3. Secret Rendezvous (4:50)
4. Thinking Of You (4:06)
1. Take It On (3:51)
2. She Can Wait Forever (4:01)
3. Better Ways (4:23)
4. Your Life (2:55)
5. Ipanema Lady (3:36)