The Other Duke…George Duke
Our most recent Duke, George, left us Monday August 5th 2013 and with his passing a gap in sound has been created.
I’d like to send my deepest condolences to those who knew and loved him best. I know I miss him.
That man over there on the right played with everyone from Rollins to Zappa to Cobham to Clarke to Miles and beyond. His is a sound that will move you whether you were into straightest ahead Jazz or the funkiest Funk. If anyone asks why have music in schools, just hip them to Duke. ‘Nuff said.
One if his early cuts “Dawn”(The Aura Will Prevail) was one of the first songs I learned to play on the bass. Many will point to his Brazilian Love Affair and Reach For It as his signature sound. But as he has said, his style is more of a gumbo. He was what they call a “Master Musician”.
Sure, plenty can bang on things, twang on things and push buttons. Few can create sound as in music. He’s composed some of the best fusion Jazz you will ever hear and some of the funkiest jams that could make you cuss. His Classical side is no joke either. Check out his “Muir Suite”. No doubt. People in the know will be talking about this one for a loooong time. I just hope that those of you who are “young” hear what’s being said and go listen for yourself. You deserve a break today. Yanno?
Check him on Bootsy Collins’ “The Funk Capitol of the World” Where they do a tribute to some of Jazz’s greatest artists. His catalog defies definition and the last album recently released will attest to the timelessness of his sound. You would be wrong to deny yourself a taste. There are not enough adjectives to describe the monumental talent that has passed on.
So, I will just leave you with these. hopefully they will convey the positive energy this human being generated…
The music of George Duke will be featured thoughtout the coming week so you can hear what I’ve heard and maybe what you’ve been missing.