Cool is George Duke's sixth release for the Warner Brothers Jazz recording label and features 13 songs clad in situations actually encountered and lived by this giant of jazz, R&B, and pop.
The Duke lifestyle makes a dramatic appearance through his richly textured vocal remembrances of his childhood on "Marin City" and spoken introductions that reflect the inner and ancestral sources that feed his soul and music on "Ancient Source." Duke displays the joyous, upbeat side of his musical personality on "If You Will," with the great Flora Purim in a lively samba with excellent piano styling and background vocals that include his son, Rashid Duke. The nucleus of this masterpiece is "The Times We've Known," a song Duke discovered when asked to do a tribute to Charles Aznavour. It is a beautiful, heartfelt experience featuring a gospel choir that heightens what Duke feels and says in a rousing finale. Cool is a CD filled with a diverse range of musical styles and expressions, and whether he is the lead vocalist, keyboardist, or providing background vocals, the master is the architect of funk, pop, Latin, gospel, blues, and R&B passion on this excellent musical mission. As composer, arranger, and musical director, George Duke maintains and elevates the styles and spirit of the House of Duke and works in brilliant collaboration with a support team of consummate artists like Leon "Ndugu" Chanceler, Philip Bailey, Tony Maiden, Chanté Moore, Paul Jackson, Jr., and the Perry Sisters: Lori, Sharon, Darlene, and Carolyn. So cool!
|Marin City / George Duke||George Duke feat: Philip Bailey / Robert Brookins / Howard Hewett / Tony Maiden / Bennie Maupin||5:20|
|Wake Up, Smell the Coffee / George Duke||George Duke feat: Philip Bailey / Robert Brookins / Howard Hewett / Kim Johnson / Tony Maiden||4:44|
|She's Amazing / Chanté Moore||George Duke feat: Ray Fuller / Jim Gilstrap / Chanté Moore||4:45|
|If You Will / George Duke||George Duke feat: Lynn Davis / Gary Grant / Everette Harp / Jerry Hey / Josie James / Flora Purim / Reggie C. Young||5:03|
|Never Be Another / Da'dra Crawford / Steve Crawford / George Duke||George Duke feat: Annointed Cherubs / Da'dra Crawford / Steve Crawford / Ray Fuller / Denise Walls||4:38|
|Ancient Source / George Duke||George Duke feat: Kim Johnson||6:01|
|Only You Understand / George Duke||George Duke feat: Ray Fuller / Byron Miller||4:18|
|If He Ain't Right (Then He's Mr. Wrong) / George Duke||George Duke||5:31|
|Sexy Cool / George Duke||George Duke feat: Kandy Johnson / Kim Johnson / Krystal Johnson / Tony Maiden||4:58|
|All About You / George Duke||George Duke feat: Lenny Castro / Gary Grant / Jerry Hey / Jef Lee Johnson / Kandy Johnson / Kim Johnson / Krystal Johnson / Byron Miller / The Johnson Sisters||3:49|
|Whatever It Takes / George Duke||George Duke feat: Lenny Castro / Leon "Ndugu" Chancler / Gary Grant / Jerry Hey / Jef Lee Johnson / Byron Miller||3:45|
|The Times We've Known / Charles Aznavour||George Duke feat: Lenny Castro / Jef Lee Johnson / Byron Miller / Perri / Darlene Perry / Lori Perry / Sharon Perry||6:21|
|At a Glance / George Duke||George Duke feat: Jef Lee Johnson / Byron Miller||7:14|