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.
The Child of Lov is one intriguing fella with an increasingly anticipated debut album. This last week he dropped two tracks to preview the upcoming effort. Love the dark yet playful sing-song of "One Day" featuring Damon Albarn as well as the kicked up sinister feel combined with the already menacing DOOM on "Owl." Watch out!
An MF Doom fan by the name of Boom Bap Beatnik has put together an amazing mix of samples from the Operation Doomsday album. Tune in to the 18-track collection below!