I am very sad to report the passing of legendary keyboard player George Duke who died at age 67 at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles on Monday, August 5, succumbing to chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
His wife Corine died one year ago from cancer, which had a deep impact on him.
His career spanned several decades, he started out in the late 60ies with Cannonball Adderly, Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty, before embarking on a solo career that yielded a string of solo albums ranging from fusion to jazz to r&b. Most notable was his collaboration with bassist Stanley Clarke as the Clarke/Duke Project that gave the world the hit "Sweet Baby".
He was a busy producer and was instrumental in the career of many singers, like Dianne Reeves, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Baker and Rachelle Ferrell, plus countless others.
His contribution to music cannot be overstated and we lost a true giant. He will be sorely missed.