01/02/14 By Vic McLean
Tribute to George Duke
Former colleague remembers the keyboardist and producer
George Duke was the greatest individual music talent I ever heard, or heard about in all my years of being involved with and affected by music. I believe he is one of the greatest overall musicians in the history of music in America. He was a musician, producer, engineer, band leader (Montreux Festival on Tour), Director of Music (Soul Train Awards events), film music director (Five Heartbeat), vocalist, and absolute connoisseur of musicians, food, wine and people. As great as he was among those who could appreciate what he was and what he did… he was the most humble and genuinely kind person you could ever meet.
He loved music, and music loved him back. And for that synergy, we are less for the loss of him. I can’t talk intelligently about all that George accomplished in his career, I’m not that intelligent. But his music and other creative initiatives touched more people than anyone realizes. I can only speak of the time we worked closely together, and I got to know and befriend him. There are many other chapters that I’m sure will be shared by others who were fortunate to be in his orbit, from Stanley Clarke, to Christian McBride to Richelle Ferrell. From Jeffrey Osborne to A Taste of Honey, to Deniece Williams, Anita Baker and many more… all captivated by George’s unique ability to create the perfect sound. Nothing musical was ever missing from his music. As Soliari says in Amadeus “To remove one note there would be diminishment”. That is the legacy of the great George Duke. His contributions are not just good… they are miraculous. Coming up next, the story of George’s BPM label.
Director of Operations & Promotions 2003-2007 BPM Recordings
More Articles in Community Articles
I CALLED HIM MORGAN: SWEDISH FILM ON LEE MORGAN TO BE SHOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL! by LARRY RENI THOMAS
Larry Reni Thomas
Day 2 of the Provincetown Jazz Festival, the Cotuit Edition, featured Evan Christopher and Nicki Parrott
Billy Stritch and Scott Avidon debut at the 12th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival
Motema Music Presents Ben Wendel - What We Bring Featuring Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders & Henry Cole
Jason Paul Harman Byrne
A User's Guide to the Panama Jazz Festival
Matt Slocum Presents Trio Pacific, Vol. 1 - Featuring Dayna Stephens, Steve Cardenas & Matt Slocum
Jason Paul Harman Byrne