George Duke: A Legacy Remembered

Throughout his career George Duke paved his way not only as an innovator but became one of the top players and sought after session players of his era.

From his days with Frank Zappa where he first touched the synth to eventually become the king at it, to his ability to cross-over the jazz funk soul medium to new audiences with Reach for It & I Want You for Myself to his introspective early space fusion records Feel and Faces in Reflection that has embodied the new sounds of artist like Thunder Cat.

The amount of tribute postings that happened after his passing was telling of how endeared he was across the board of many styles and generations of listeners.

Here are two great stories on him starting with the Wax Poetics interview and homage by writer Scott Galloway for The Urban Music Scene

GEORGE DUKE studio session of “Dukey Stick” with Sheila E.
THUNDER CATs cover of George Duke’s “For Love (I Come Your Friend)