Excerpt: "His 1969 date with violinist Jean Luc Ponty at Thee Experience, a club on the Sunset Strip, was attended by Zappa, Adderley, Quincy Jones and others and was one of the seminal events in West Coast fusion," jazz writer Bill Kohlhaase wrote in The Times in 1997.
George Duke, Jazz Keyboardist, Dead at 67. (Rolling Stone, 8-6-2013)
Excerpt: In the 1970s, Duke's work grew more experimental through his collaborations with Zappa, beginning with Chunga's Revenge. He would go on to lend his talents to other Zappa albums including Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation.
George Duke obituary. (The Guardian, 8/7/2013)
Excerpt: When Duke made solo albums in the 1970s, his musical voice was fresh and surprisingly commercial – jazz-funk instrumentals with vocal spice. Albums such as I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry (1975) helped establish Duke as a significant artist in Europe and the US.
Keyboardist and producer George Duke dies at 67. (Washington Post, 8/6/2013)
Excerpt: “Reach for It,” a dance groove that could have come from George Clinton’s Parliament, reached No. 2 on the Billboard rhythm-and-blues charts in 1978 and considerably broadened Mr. Duke’s audience — even as it alienated more than a few of his fusion fans.
George Duke, Keyboardist Who Crossed Genre Boundaries, Dies at 67. (The New York Times, 8/6/2013)
Excerpt: Collaborating with Mr. Clarke, he wrote and sang “Sweet Baby,” a ballad that became his first pop hit, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard singles chart in 1981.
George Duke Dead: Grammy-Winning Jazz Musician Dies At 67. (Huffington Post, 8/6/2013)
Excerpt: He worked as musical director for the Soul Train Music Awards and other special events. He also scored songs on soundtracks for "The Five Heartbeats" and "Karate Kid III."
Jazz icon George Duke dies at 67. (USA Today, 8/6/2013)
Excerpt: Duke's final album, DreamWeaver, was released July 16 and made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. It was his first new music since the death of his wife, Corine, last year.