Genre: Jazz
Label: MPS Records
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


George Duke The Aura Will Prevail 180g LP

George Duke

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With its intensive quartet, this 1975 recording again mirrors how far Duke, by his own admission, had moved away from the "smug and overly serious jazz musician" and towards a master of fusion, eager to experiment and add a note of humor to the music. With Santana drummer Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, bassist Alphonso "Slim" Johnson, and the Brazilian percussion magician Airto Moriera, Duke designed stunning scenarios in sound which once more reveals him to be one of the synthesizer pioneers.

On "Dawn" he paints a fanciful daybreak atmosphere on the keyboards. On "Floop De Loop" he releases funky rushing rivulets from the keyboards. Whereas on the smooth rock piece "For Love" and soft ballad "Fools," he appears on the scene as a soulful singer. There's something slightly naughty coursing through the bluesy, laid-back funk miniature, "Foosh." Duke's former collaboration with the Mothers of Invention colored his versions of Zappa's "Echidna's Arf" and "Uncle Remus." There's a samba touch in the relaxed tropical magic of "Malibu," and the outro "The Aura" also swings to a Latin feel.

Without question, The Aura Will Prevail is among this artist's finest fusion-oriented albums.
-Alex Henderson,, 4.5/5 stars


  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • Audiophile Analogue Remastering
  • Liner Notes
  • Picture of the Original Master Tape Box
  • Made in Germany by optimal media GmbH


George Duke Rhodes electric piano, Hohner clavinet, Arp Odyssey, Mini Moog, Wurlitzer electric piano, Arp String Ensemble, Moog bass (A3, B3), Mutron Phaser, Mutron Dual Phaser, pedals, vocals
Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler drums, congas, mystery voice on A2, vocal on B1
Alphonso 'Slim' Johnson electric bass (except A3, B3)
Airto Moreira percussion (A1, B1)
Sylvia St. James vocals (B1)
Kathy Woehrle vocals (B1)
Gee Janzen vocals (B1)


Side A:

  1. Dawn
  2. For Love (I Come Your Friend)
  3. Foosh
  4. Floop De Loop

Side B:

  1. Malibu
  2. Fools
  3. Echidna's Arf
  4. Uncle Remus
  5. The Aura

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