We lost a giant today: jazz musician George Duke passed away at the age of 67. For me, George Duke is a name I immediately associate with many of my favorite albums by Frank Zappa, The Grand Wazoo (1972), Apostrophe (') (1974) and Roxy & Elsewhere (1974) in particular, though his list as collaborator, leader and co-performer is extensive to say the least. Duke worked with Cannonball Adderley, Stanley Clarke, Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin and Jean-Luc Ponty (also Zappa alum) to name a few. Duke had recently released what is now his final album, DreamWeaver, which was written in tribute to his late wife, Corine.
A creative spirit is silenced and music suffers without him.
R.I.P., George Duke.
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