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RIP, George Duke

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 6, 2013

One obit/tribute is here, The masterful keyboardist was long a fave of mine. I interviewed him back in the '70s and was particularly fond of the variety in his playing; "I Love the Blues She Heard My Cry" was an album I cherished because of its eclecticism. I accordingly had mixed feelings about the period when his funk moves, good as they were, overshadowed his range; seeing him in performance once, I complained about the way he had to cater to the funk fans. But he remained strong in memory. And here are some selections, starting with Duke talking about his "DreamWeaver" album and playing from it:

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