I was shocked to wake up this morning to find another soul legend has left us. George Duke, composer and amazing, wonderful jazz pianist passed away yesterday at the age of 67. Like everyone else, I was stunned, but reflected on all the beautiful music he made. As a little girl, my dad was, and still is, a big jazz fan. There was always jazz played at the house, in the car, and anywhere else. The first song I ever heard from George Duke was No Rhyme, No Reason. This was a beautiful ballad which accompanied his jazz and R&B fusion style over Michelle Ferrell’s melodic voice. I remember George Duke as this man who fused jazz, R&B and funk all together to make this beautiful sound. “Reach for it” is another song I love and used to blast loudly in my dorm room. This was a head banger with Boosty Collins and a funky guitar rhythm in the background. He worked with such artists as Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Boosty Collins, Miles Davis and Jill Scott. George Duke is the man behind the best music and musicans, who we admire today. Duke recently released an album titled “Dreamweaver” which he dedicated to his wife, who passed a year earlier. The album topped the Billboard Jazz Charts. He leaves behind two sons. Let us keep the Duke family in our prayers during his untimely passing. Let us not forget Sir Duke, who made music history that will live on forever in our hearts.
Rest in peace Sir George Duke…
- Rep: Jazz keyboardist George Duke dies at 67 (news.yahoo.com)