Stevie Wonder (featuring Dizzy Gillespie): Do I Do
Do I Do
Stevie Wonder (vocals, piano)
Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I (Motown)
Rick Zunigar, Ben Bridges (guitars), Isaiah Sanders (Fender Rhodes), Nathan LaMar Watts (bass), Dennis Davis (drums), Earl DeRouen (percussion), unidentified horn and string sections.
Composed by Stevie Wonder.
Recorded: circa 1982
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Not long after the disco craze fizzled out, Stevie Wonder decided to make a disco song. In the new-wave era of 1982, "Do I Do" managed to reach #13 on the American charts. With his Motown melody-making mastery intact, Wonder could've set this song to Bulgarian folk dance music and still had another Top 40 hit on his hands.
Not on the single version is the part where he proudly announces: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the pleasure to present on my album, Mr. Dizzy Gillespie! Blow!" and bop's co-creator and greatest ambassador proceeds to do just that. Dizzy's lines aren't bad, but he sounds somewhat tentative and uncomfortable in this environment. Wonder's trademark harmonica that follows right afterwards only accentuates the contrast in enthusiasm between the two legends' approach to this song.
"Do I Do" is a dance song that still sounds good today simply because of Wonder's knack for writing good pop songs and arranging them such that they transcend time. It's nice to boast about having Gillespie on your record, but here he was hardly needed.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron