George Duke: Feel
The trio recording "Faces In Reflection", released in 1974, is a milestone in the career of the young Californian and reveals further early experiments with the ARP synthesizer, a new creativity on the more conventional keyboards like the Wurlitzer, the Fender Rhodes and the Clavinet. Duke himself honored these recordings by declaring, "This was the first LP that really said what I wanted to say." The work "Feel" (1974), with its psychedelic SciFi cover as peculiar as it is imaginative, draws the circle around Duke's fusion language more closely. The keyboard master ventures deep into the laboratory of his synthesizers, which now become an essential part of the textures of his pieces, forming a whole orchestra. Under the cryptic alias Obdewl'l'X, no one less than Duke compagnon Frank Zappa himself acts in "Love" and "Old Slippers" with sometimes adventurously filtered guitar passages. Like all Reissues from the George Duke MPS Fusion cycle, the audio was digitized from the original tapes in the usual MPS quality and subtly remastered.