The late songbird travels down a new musical route on “Ball and Chain,” a song off Duke’s forthcoming release “Dream Weaver.” According to Duke, the R&B icon embraced collaborating on a jazz track. So much so that Marie’s stamp is all over the tune.
“Before Teena Marie died, I was working on a jazz record with her. It was outside of her contract and we were gonna do a jazz record together in her own style,” Duke revealed to EUR’s Lee Bailey. “She was writing all the music. We got a chance to record one song before she passed. She was gonna redo it but you know Teena is the kind of lady that she just went for it. When she sang she doesn’t half do it. She went for it. She sounded great.”