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Editors’ Notes

George Duke adapted Brazilian ideas into his music from the start of his career, but his interest didn’t flourish until 1979’s Brazilian Love Affair. Like Duke’s own music, the Brazilian tradition was premised on an ability to sublimate complex and often difficult concepts into songs that appeared deceptively sunny and effortless. Few songs are as intricate as “Up from the Sea It Arose and Ate Rio in One Swift Bite,” and yet the performance isn't imposing but inviting. In addition, Duke intuitively connected to the communally uplifting effect of Brazilian music, a notion embodied by “Cravo e Canela.” With his panoply of synthesizers, Duke had long sought to translate the warmth of the sun and the refreshment of the ocean with his keyboards, and his sensory impressions were allowed to blossom on “Summer Breezin’,” “Love Reborn,” and “Ao Que Vai Nascer.” By this point Duke had so thoroughly assimilated funk and disco into his musical consciousness that “Brazilian Love Affair” and “Sugar Loaf Mountain” exist outside any genre as some of the best dance-pop songs of the late '70s.

Customer Reviews

Take me away!

I own every George Duke album. Some I like more than others. This has been my most listened to for several years now. Its ability to instantly transport me to a breezy sun-washed beach, when I'm surrounded by urban indifference, is my constant escape. Light, airy goodness.


Braz love Affair..and what an affair it is!!!!!!!!!! There are quite a few gems on this CD.
George take us on a very hip and melodic trip laced with that Brazillian South American vibe here. Straight up..5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!


Born: January 12, 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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