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Album Review

George Duke's volume in the Columbia This Is Jazz series focuses on two of his specialties: exploratory keyboard fusion and Brazilian jazz. "Diamonds," "Positive Energy" and "Hot Fire" are the best of the former, while "Cravo e Canela" and "Brazilian Sugar" highlight the latter. The result is a pleasant collection in which the styles often collide and play off each other, though the final track, "Love Reborn" (from the 1976 Solo Keyboard Album), is a beautiful song with just Duke on acoustic piano.


Born: 12 January 1946 in San Rafael, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

George Duke was an accomplished keyboardist, producer, arranger, bandleader, and composer. He was successful in both popular music and jazz, and straddled both sides of that aisle for most of his career. Duke grew up in Marin City, California, and in high school played in his first jazz group. His early influences were Miles Davis, Les McCann, and Cal Tjader, all of whom played a role in the diversity of his composing, playing, and arranging. After graduating from high school, he attended the San...
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