George Duke Tribute - a 4 part podcast series

His life, times & music

Scott Fugate

George Duke - Jazz Funk Legend

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz on Hosted & Produced by J. Scott Fugate,
"The Jazz Evangelist"

Welcome to the return of Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz for a very special tribute to one of our foremost jazz innovators, funk masters, and musical inspirations whose work spanned six decades – Sir George Duke – who transcended this mortal coil to join God’s heavenly jam session on August 5th, 2013. Thus, I am paying homage to this man, friend and legend who has been a pivotal part of my own musical journey with a 4 part Anthology showcasing his brilliance.

PART ONE covers his first 10 years in the business – 1965 to 1975 - covering his formative years in straight ahead jazz from 1965 to 1969 and then moving forward into soul jazz, rock & experimental jazz fusion from 1969 to 1975. George Duke 1965-1975 (Part 1) FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 & MP4) -

PART TWO covers his burgeoning fame from 1976 through 1981 - where he earned his chops as an unparalleled funk master with a secret weapon known as the Dukey Stick, along with expanding expertise in jazz Fusion, R&B & Brazilian music. George Duke 1976-1981 (Part 2) FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 & MP4) -

PART THREE picks up right around the time the music industry started to change due to drum machines, computers & MTV in 1981 – and followed George’s forays into synth-pop, soul, R&B, and a great deal of production work for a lot of wonderful people up through 1996. George Duke 1981-1996 (Part 3) FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 & MP4) -

PART FOUR starts in 1997 – the height of the “smooth jazz” era – when George decided to do his own thing, pursue his own sound, and start his own label . . . and continue to produce an eclectic blend of jazz, funk, soul and fusion up to his latest album in 2013. George Duke 1997-2013 (Part 4) FREE DOWNLOAD (MP3 & MP4) -

I searched the internet for tribute shows, and found quite a few – but each focused on only one or two aspects of his style. None covered his history or musical evolution, his overall genius, or spanned the depth and breadth of his career. So, I gathered together his 37 solo albums released over the past 48 years – as well as a wide sampling of the 2,700 other albums he produced, wrote or played on for others, and picked out a wide sampling of songs that best represent his various styles & massive influence . . . because, apparently, there are some people who don’t even know who he is, or the influence he has had!

All four episodes are overstuffed two and a half hour episodes featuring over 30 songs each – accompanied by history, information and anecdotes about his life and times. The end result of the combined four episodes is an epic TEN HOUR series featuring 120 songs from 83 different albums covering George’s entire career, his personal evolution, and all the various styles in which he dabbled.

These combined episodes include tracks from ALL his solo albums, as well as recordings George did with Al Jarreau, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, Gene “Jug” Ammons, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Johnny Guitar Watson, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Henderson, Cal Tjader, Stanley Clarke, Raul de Souza, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Brecker Brothers, Freddie Hubbard, Carl Carlton, The Clarke / Duke Project, Jeffrey Osborne, Deniece Williams, Philip Bailey, Dianne Reeves, Miles Davis, Rachelle Ferrell, Chanté Moore, Anita Baker, Lenny White, Incognito, Gerald Albright, Wayman Tisdale, Michael Manson.

It’s quite a journey – funny, touching, beautiful, and funky — so sit back and let me do the driving as we travel through the music of jazz & funk master George Duke.

Agape y’all,
J. Scott Fugate, The Jazz Evangelist – Stereo, not stereotypical®

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