Rest In Peace, George Duke

 

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Legendary keyboardist George Duke has passed at the age of 67. Left behind are over 30 solo albums and credit for creating bridges between Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and jazz. His work crossed several decades and included collaborations with Miles Davis, Anita Baker, Frank Zappa, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and George Clinton – some of the very best

His work carried over the generations and has been sampled by Daft Punk, Common, Kanye West, MF Doom, Madlib, Pete Rock, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest.

In July of this year, Duke released a new album called DreamWeaver in memory of his wife who passed just over a year ago.

Duke and his ongoing contributions to music will be sorely missed.

Below, watch Duke perform one of our favorite tracks, “Dukey Stick,” with Sheila E in studio. After the jump, find rare footage of a full live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Billy Cobham.

Montreux Jazz Festival performance after the jump

Video: Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” ft. Pharrell Williams (at HTC Live)

 

Pharrell this past Friday put on the first live performance of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” single at an invite only HTC Live event.

Also, after the jump watch a video series by The Creators Project on Random Access Memories collaborators, including Giorgio Moroder, Todd Edwards, Nile Rodgers, and of course, Pharrell.

Collaborator videos after the jump

54th Annual Grammy Award Nominations

 

Nominees have been announced for the 2012 Grammys. Of course, we got the assumed contenders like Rihanna, Kanye, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Bon Iver, and yeah, Wiz Khalifa. But personally, we are especially excited about several of our prided projects getting nominated this year! And probably not surprising that miss Adele is definitely taking the cake here. Many congratulations to some great artists and musicians! The 54th Grammys will air on Feb 12th. For a full list of the nominees, click here.

Record Of The Year
Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Album Of The Year
21 – Adele

Song Of The Year
Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Best Pop Solo Performance
Someone Like You – Adele

Best Pop Vocal Album
21 – Adele

Best R&B Performance
Pieces Of Me – Ledisi
Is This Love – Corinne Bailey Rae
Far Away – Marsha Ambrosius

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Good Man – Raphael Saadiq

Best R&B Song
Pieces Of Me – Ledisi
Far Away – Marsha Ambrosius

Best R&B Album
Pieces Of Me – Ledisi
Second Chance – El DeBarge

Best Dance Recording
Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Body Talk, Pt. 3 – Robyn

Best World Music Album
Africa For Africa – Femi Kuti

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
End Of Line (Photek Remix) – Daft Punk

Best Short Form Music Video
Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Best Long Form Music Video
Nine Types Of Light – TV On The Radio

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Tron Legacy – Daft Punk