GEORGE DUKE — I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry

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Album · 1975

Filed under Fusion
By GEORGE DUKE

Tracklist

A1 Chariot 2:58
A2 Look Into Her Eyes 3:24
A3 Sister Serene 4:30
A4 That's What She Said 4:29
A5 Mashavu 1:48
A6 Rokkinrowl 3:25
B1 Prepare Yourself 5:26
B2 Giantchild Within Us - Ego 6:37
B3 Someday 2:40
B4 I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry 5:26

Total Time: 41:02

Line-up/Musicians

Backing Vocals – Chris Norris, Debra, Donna Correa, Fay, Larry Robinson, Pat Norris, Roger Dollarhide
Backing Vocals, Percussion [Remo Roto Toms] – Ndugu
Guitar – Lee Ritenour
Vocals, Guitar – Johnny Guitar Watson
Vocals, Synthesizer [Arp, Mutron Phasers, Moog], Piano [Electric], Clavinet – George Duke

About this release

MPS Records / BASF ‎– 17 22700-6 (Germany)

This album is dedicated to the memory of the late Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

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J-Man
With George Duke's unfortunate passing just a few days ago, now feels like as good a time as any to revisit one of the man's finest albums, 1975's I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry. This record was released towards the end of Duke's time spent playing with Frank Zappa's band, and it's apparent that some elements of Zappa's quirky and complex fusion music had rubbed off on him by this point - although not entirely a jazz fusion observation, I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry contains some tracks like "That's What She Said" and "Giant Child Within Us - Ego" that sound straight out of the Zappa playbook. Not too surprising when one considers that fellow Zappa alumni Ruth Underwood, Bruce Fowler, and Tom Fowler also participated on this album!

I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry also explores funk and soul-inspired music without ever coming across as bland (even the ballad "Someday" is fantastic!), as well as humorous hard rock on "Rokkinrowl, I Don't Know" and pure traditional blues in the title track. The title track is the only song that I could really do without; I feel that it is a rather weak way to end such a fantastic record, but blues fans may be more into the song than I am. Even taking the out-of-place title track into consideration, I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry is one of the best jazz fusion albums of the classic era, and an essential pickup for all fusion enthusiasts. Rest easy, Duke!
Sean Trane
A slightly disappointing album that sees Duke heading in a funky directions, where vocals take on a more important role, but it’s not yet at the detriment of the music. Getting lots of studio help from whoever was around from the Zappa entourage and the Santana crowd and others hanging around, this is still a fairly interesting album at times

If Chariot and Her Eyes are good funky-leaning tracks, I must say that the vocals turn me off a bit. Some tracks are still instrumental like the quiet Beck/Hammer-sounding Serene Sister, That’s What She Said or the funky-spacey-jungle Mashavu, but the majority has vocals, including the rocking-Hendrix-ey (that means very guitar-ey) and spoof-ey Rokkinrowl track; fun stuff. I wouldn’t want to overstress the vocals, as they are not too intrusive except on the totally out-of-character bluesy title track closing the album and Someday just preceding it.

The flipside is certainly more prone to singing, including the ultra-funky-jazzy Prepare Yourself, but it has a fine middle section where the Miller/Johnson duo shines on bass and guitar respectively. Giant Child starts on a slightly dissonant intro, which bears little resemblance to what’s been just heard, being more standard jazz, but soon jumps into the fusion fire with a horn section and strings. Don’t be fooled like I was for almost two decades, this is still a good fusion album, which is rather pleasant until it reaches the final two tracks to become a bit of “n’importe-quoi”, ruining the album’s cohesiveness. Make sure you investigate previous duke albums, but this one is still likely to please.

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