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

RIP Johnny Otis

 

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Johnny Otis, music legend and one of the “first musicians to cross the racial divide,” passed away yesterday at age 90. The man’s influence on soul music, jazz, and even rock-n-roll is an epic movie in and of itself.

Among his many accomplishments and honors are his discovery of Little Esther (Esther Phillips), his co-writing and production of the original version of “Hound Dog” (later covered by Elvis), and recording with Frank Zappa. The tireless entertainer also wore many hats – radio jock, TV presenter, politician, preacher, organic farmer and of course, father of Shuggie Otis.

Read more on the life Johnny at The Guardian website.

Official Site

 

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