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George Duke biography

Biography George Duke

He began studying piano at age seven, absorbing the black rhythms, sounding in the local Baptist church. “That’s why I became igryvat funk. Much of what I learned about music, I learned in the church”- says George.”I saw what kind of feelings evoked music, it was a bearing on them.”

In 16 years, George had already played in several school bands. He was heavily influenced by trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Bill Evans and vibraphonist Cal Tzhedera, but especially – Forest McKenna. In 1967, Duke graduated from Conservatory of Music San Francisco with a degree in specialization “trombone”and”composition”. Then George was playing the piano in the band, a regular performer at the “Halftone” (Half Note) in San Francisco. Soon he joined the band self-taught young singer named Al Jarreau addition conservatory education, George received the level of Master of Music at the University of San Francisco. At the same time his first jazz recording began to get out on the label MPS / BASF.

One night, George heard on the radio recording of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and when he learned that Ponty came to California to record freshly album, then sent his producer his film with a note that read: “There is no other pianist for this guy, in addition to me. “So the Duke got on the record, and soon after the release of this album, it was clear that music recorded Ponti and Duke, awakened creative fantazerstvo all the jazz community, the US West Coast, with envy who has followed fyuzhn-revolution that took place in the east of America under the influence of Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra and group Weather Report.

At the end of 1969, after eight months of work in the orchestra of Don Ellis, Duke joined a new group of Frank Zappa’s “Mothers of Invention”and toured with it for a year, whereas at the end of 1970 and has not received an offer, from which he could not retreat. The legendary alto saxophonist Julian”Cannonball” Adderley invited him into their group. Duke worked with Cannonball Adderley two years, ever faced with the great musicians who had heard as a child – Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie. In 1973, the Duke still joined Frank Zappa, and at the same time brought with him Jean-Luc Ponty. The band has existed for three years, and later Duke left, while playing with Sonny Rollins, until he decided to join forces with drummer Billy Cobham. Together they assembled a powerful fyuzhn group, which became even more popular and influential than the first group of Duke and Ponty.

In 1976, Duke began performing solo projects, and followed after a series fyuzhn-oriented records, such as his debut album on Columbia “From me to You”, was a huge happy moment in 1978 prifankovanny album “Reach For It “went to the top positions of the charts, received the”Gold”status and led its creator from small clubs to large concert halls. In the late 70’s was much popular group “Clarke – Duke Project”, created Duke, together with bassist Stanley Clarke, but then George decided to change the situation and to become a producer. He began to release records of the Brazilian musician Raul DeSauzy “Raoul deSouza), and after the initial recorded in their lives vocal album with Dee Dee Bridgewater (Dee Dee Bridgewater). The real breakthrough was the album they released the disco group “A Taste of Honey”. Their mega-hit – a dance version of the song “Sukiyaki”- came in first position in the charts of popular music; and the album has sold a total circulation of over two million copies. Since projects George Duke grew like a snowball. He produced three albums Jeffrey Osborne (Jeffrey Osborne) and two bestselling Denise Williams (Deniece Williams) (including her hit”Let & # 039; s Hear it for the Boy”). Unique abilities and skills more useful Duke pop stars such as Melissa Manchester and Barry Manilow. A track was Phil Perry, Dianne Reeves, group The Pointer Sisters, saxophonist Najee, vocal group Take 6, pianist Rachelle Ferrell, singers Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill and Anita Baker. Several years in a row, still make their own albums, Duke burnished music director of numerous musicians and television programs. In 1992 he went to Spain, where he was director at the largest in the history of mankind guitar festival featuring George Benson (George Benson), Larry Coryell (Larry Coryell), Stanley Clarke (Stanley Clarke), John McLaughlin (John McLaughlin), Paco de Lucía (Paco de Lucia) and Ricky Lee Jones (Rickie Lee Jones).

Duke wrote music for film and television. Sea Got Grammy Awards, including as a co-producer of the album Miles Davis “Tutu” (1986).

In his last album “After Hours”, the award nomination for a Grammy Award, Duke played mostly on acoustic piano, electric piano and Fender Rhodes. As it turned out, it is – its fundamental instrumental album, the last 20 years …

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