Set for release July 16, DreamWeaver finds Duke emphasizing more instrumentals than in the past as well as concentrating more on his mastery on various synthesizers.
From bassist Christian McBride’s work on the funky jam tune “Burnt Sausage” to Rachelle Ferrell’s singing on “Missing You,” each tune offers something special. The powerful centerpiece of the album, the positive and politically-charged “Change the World,” spotlights several up-and-coming young singers alongside some of the most prominent funk, soul, gospel and R&B artists of the last few decades: Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett, among others. “Ball & Chain” features a duet with Duke accompanying the late R&B singer Teena Maria – one of the last tracks she recorded before her sudden death in 2010.
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