She can be funny and sharp-tongued, warm and blunt, empathic and demanding. Who is the woman Barack Obama calls “the boss”? In Michelle, Washington Post writer Liza Mundy paints a revealing and intimate portrait, taking us inside the marriage of the most dynamic couple in politics today. She shows how well they complement each other: Michelle, the highly organized, sometimes intimidating, list-making pragmatist; Barack, the introspective political charmer who won’t pick up his socks but shoots for the stars. Their relationship, like those of many couples with two careers and two children, has been so strained at times that he has had to persuade her to support his climb up the political ladder. And you can’t blame her for occasionally regretting it: In this campaign, it is Michelle who has absorbed much of the skepticism from voters about Obama. One conservative magazine put her on the cover under the headline “Mrs. Grievance.” – Amazon.com
Which artists would you consider the funkiest in regards to jazz? Hmmm … I’ll step out on a limb and say it’s keyboardist George Duke! His record “Faces In Reflection,” is a prime example of his passion to step out of the box to explore the not so ordinary elements of jazz, funk, rock and mess them together into once appetizing blend of music .
Pissed, please don’t tell anyone but somehow I over looked this gem back in 1974. Forgive me, this one escaped my finger tips … it’s never to late to rediscover music you’ve missed along the way! J. Desmond/The Urban Flux
George Duke | Faces in Reflection [Fusion/1974]
Although pianist George Duke later became known for his crossover and pop work, his jazz albums from the 1970s are all worthy entries as well. A fiery excursion into fusion, funk, and soul-jazz, 1974’s FACES IN REFLECTION is a case in point. Prior to this session, Duke had been playing regularly with both Cannonball Adderley and Frank Zappa, and the influence of those artists can be heard in Duke’s hard-swinging blues and wild, wooly experimentation. Even though synthesizers play a prominent role on these tracks, FACES IN REFLECTION rarely sounds dated; Duke uses electric and acoustic keys to push his Latin, soul, and jazz grooves to new heights. Bassist John Heard and drummer Leon Ndugu Chancellor make up the first-rate rhythm section. – CDUniverse.com