It’s been two years since Grammy-winning keyboardist/composer George Duke has released new material, but fans won’t have to wait much longer for the Duke’s “most honest album in several years.”
Duke announced via his Facebook page the release date for his forthcoming album Dream Weaver for July 16th, which he recorded in memory of his wife, Corine, after her death in 2010.
Dream Weaver is not only a heartfelt tribute in memory of his late wife, Duke also features all-star collaborations with artists like Stanley Clarke, Lalah Hathaway, BeBe Winans, Jeffery Osborne, and a special bonus track of an unreleased recording with the late R&B singer Teena Marie title “Ball and Chain.”
“Before Teena Marie died, I was working on a jazz record with her. It was outside of her contract and we were gonna do a jazz record together in her own style,” Duke said in a past interview with EURweb‘s Lee Bailey. “She was writing all the music. We got a chance to record one song before she passed. She was gonna redo it but you know Teena is the kind of lady that she just went for it. When she sang she doesn’t half do it. She went for it. She sounded great.”
Fans will have a chance to preview Duke’s upcoming album when he takes the stage with Jeffery Osborne during the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 15. For George Duke’s complete summer/fall tour schedule, click here.