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George Duke
George (*1946) was a keyboardist, singer, and arranger. During his bachelor's degree (trombone, composition, double bass), he played with Al Jarreau in the house band of the Half Note Club in San Francisco, which accompanied guest soloists such as Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Letta Mbulu. From 1967 he completed his composition studies at San Francisco State University. During this time he led a trio with which he accompanied the vocal group Third Wave or soloists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson and Jean-Luc Ponty and appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1969. In 1970 he was a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and also worked as a keyboardist on Ponty's album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa. In 1971 and 1972 Cannonball Adderley brought him into his quintet, in which he also appeared on a few LPs. From 1973 he played again with Frank Zappa until 1975 (with short interruptions). He also recorded a few albums for MPS. He then led a fusion band with Billy Cobham. He also worked with Stanley Clarke in the disco business.
He has been working as a music producer since the second half of the 1970s. He got his start as a producer with Raul de Souza's 1977 album Sweet Lucy, on which he plays keyboards on three tracks under the pseudonym Dawilli Gonga. Among others, he worked for his cousin Dianne Reeves, the fusion drummer Billy Cobham and the singer Al Jarreau. Since 2004 he has been running his own record label BPM Records. BPM stands for Big Piano Music. Duke saw the label's job as giving control of the music where it belonged: back into the hands of the musicians. Also in 2004 he wrote the soundtrack for Ernest R. Dickerson's crime film Never Die Alone. George died in 2013.
from Wikipedia
homepage: www.georgeduke.com


The Dream
MPS 15494
released 1978
recorded 1976 in Germany
George Duke, guitar, piano, synthesizers, Hammond B-3 organ
Master Of The Game
Epic JE 36263
released 1979
recorded in Hollywood, CA/USA
George Duke, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizer, vocals
Gary Herbig, alto sax, tenor sax, flute, piccolo
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach jr., trombone, bass trombone
Gary Grant, trumpet
Jerry Hey, trumpet, flugelhorn
Roland Bautista, guitar
David Myles, guitar, sitar
Ray Obiedo, guitar
Byron Miller, bass
Fred Washington, bass
Sheila Escovedo, drums, percussion
Ricky Lawson, drums
Napoleon Murphy Brock, vocals
Lynn Davis, vocals
Josie James, vocals
Lynn James, vocals
Flora Purim, vocals
Thief In The Night
Elektra 60 398-1
released 1985
George Duke, Fender Rhodes, melodica, organ, piano, piccolo, synthesizer, vocals
Charles Fearing, guitar
Chuck Gentry, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Louis Johnson, bass
Steve Ferrone, drums
Ricky Lawson, drums, percussion
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Robert Brookins, vocals
Carl Carlwell, vocals
Lynn Davis, vocals
John Fiore, vocals
Shirley Jones, vocals
Lena Sunday, vocals
MCA Records MCD10605
released 1992
recorded in various locations in USA and Great Britain
Chanté Moore, vocals
Everette Harp, alto sax
Kirk Whalum, tenor sax
Gerald Albright, sax
Gary Barnacle, sax
George Duke, French horn, organ, piano, synthesizer, bass, drums, percussion
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Cedric Caldwell, keyboards
Victor Caldwell, synthesizer, bass
Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law, piano
Stanley Clarke, bass
Ross Anderson, bass
"Ready" Freddie Washington, bass
Joe Hogue, drums
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Brian Kilgore, percussion
Jeff Scantlebury, percussion
Louis Silas jr., vocals
Keith Washington, vocals
The Bass-ic Collection
Epic EK 64277
recorded April 1995
Stanley Clarke, bass, guitar, keyboards, organ, piano, sitar, vocals
Gerald Albright, soprano sax
Brandon Fields, alto sax, tenor sax
Kirk Whalum, tenor sax
George Bohannon, trombone
Jerry Hey, trumpet
Al Aarons, brass
George Bohanon, brass
Stewart Blumberg, brass
Garnett Brown, brass
James Buffington, brass
Earl Chapin, brass
Buddy Childers, brass
Jon Faddis, brass
Robert Findley, brass
Tom "Bones" Malone, brass
Lew McCreary, brass
Jack Nimitz, brass
Peter Gordon, brass
Gary Grant, brass
William Peterson, brass
Alan Rubin, brass
Dalton Smith, brass
Lew Soloff, brass
David Taylor, brass
Wilmer Wise, brass
Tom Scott, lyricon
Jeff Beck, guitar
Bill Connors, guitar
Ray Gomez, guitar
David Sancious, guitar, keyboards
Todd Cochran, organ, piano
George Duke, clavinet, keyboards, organ, piano, vocals
Jan Hammer, Moog synthesizer, organ, piano
strings section
Louis Johnson, bass, vocals
Carmine Appice, drums
Darryl Brown, drums
Gerry Brown, drums
Dennis Chambers, drums
Harvey Mason sr., drums
John "J.R." Robinson, drums
John "4 Daddman" Robinson, drums
Kenny White, drums
Tony Williams, drums
Steve Gadd, drums, percussion
Philip Bailey, vocals
Carl Carwell, vocals
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, vocals
Darrell Cox, vocals
Phil Perry, vocals
Déjà Vu
Heads Up International HUI-32031
recorded in Los Angeles, CA/USA
George Duke, guitar, clavinet, organ, mini moog, piano, synthesizer, bass, vocals
Everette Harp, soprano sax, tenor sax
Kamasi Washington, alto sax
Bob Sheppard, tenor sax
Oscar Brashear, trumpet
Nicholas Payton, trumpet
Hubert Laws, flute
Ray Fuller, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Jef Lee Johnson, guitar
Jubu Smith, guitar
Jim Wilson, piano
Sarah Thornblade, violin
Larry Kimpel, bass
Michael Manson, bass
Ronald Bruner jr., drums
Teddy Campbell, drums
Terry Dexter, vocals
Rashid Duke, voices
Lynne Fiddmont, vocals
Shannon Pearson, vocals
Lamont VanHook, vocals
Heads Up International HUI-3644-02
George Duke, guitar, synthesizer, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, organ, piano, vibes, drums, vocals
Everette Harp, soprano sax, alto sax
Kamasi Washington, alto sax, tenor sax
Dan Higgins, tenor sax
Larry Williams, tenor sax
Isley Remington, trombone
Reggie Young, trombone
Nicholas Payton, trumpet
Michael "Patches" Stewart, trumpet
Ray Fuller, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Jef Lee Johnson, guitar
Jubu Smith, guitar
Larry Kimpel, bass
Michael Manson, bass
Byron Miller, bass
Wayman Tisdale, bass
Ronald Bruner jr., drums
Gorden Campbell, drums
Teddy Campbell, drums
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Sheila E., percussion
Napoleon Murphy Brock, vocals
Darrell Cox, rap
Lynn Davis, vocals
Rachelle Ferrell, vocals
Dee-Dee Foster, vocals
Jim Gilstrap, vocals
Josie James, vocals
Teena Marie, vocals
Lori Perry, vocals

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