Out of devastating pain comes DreamWeaver, the new disc, which GRAMMY® Award-winning keyboardist/composer/arranger/producer George Duke considers his “most honest album in several years.” The making of DreamWeaver occurred after his wife, Corine, passed away. Struck with grief, he found it difficult to work during that period. “I didn’t feel like creating any music, which was odd, because normally that’s the easiest thing for me to do,” he says, “Sometimes, I would walk into the studio and say, ‘Nah. It’s not going to happen.'”
Duke’s mojo returned while on a Capital Jazz Cruise. During the first couple of days, he didn’t play any music, but did check out some of the other bands. “By the third day, something happened,” he remembers. After returning to his cabin around 4 a.m. from listening to music, inspiration ignited. “I went back on the deck and watched the sun come up. A couple of songs started coming to me; I got out my pen and paper, and started writing.”
With the assistance of an illustrious cast of musicians that includes bassists Christian McBride and Stanley Clarke; singers Lalah Hathaway, Rachelle Ferrell, Jeffrey Osborne and the late Teena Marie; guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. and the late Jef Lee Johnson; among others, DreamWeaver, set for release July 16, 2013, finds Duke emphasizing more instrumentals than in the past as well as concentrating more on his mastery on various synthesizers. Below George Duke talks about his “most honest album in years” and from the sounds of it we can’t wait for the 16th!