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My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke

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Editors’ Notes

Singer Al Jarreau and keyboardist George Duke go all the way back to 1965, when Duke had just gotten a foothold in San Francisco and Jarreau lit up an open mic, leading to a club owner to pair the two together. They played the gig for three years and went on individually to great success. Sadly, Duke passed in 2013. Now Jarreau has assembled an all-star tribute album featuring a broad range of material from the Duke songbook. (Most guest artists are listed next to the song titles.) The singer also gets the help of such notable producers as John Burk, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Boney James (who also appears with Duke on “Bring Me Joy”). This galaxy of musical friends not only heightens the legacy George Duke leaves behind but illustrates his versatility, as tunes run from the straight R&B of “Sweet Baby” to the bossa nova of “SomeBossa (Summer Breezin’)” to the gutbucket grooves of “You Touch My Brain” to the smooth “My Old Friend.” More Duke tributes will come, but things are off to an excellent start with this one.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful

Great tribute to George Duke.

Jarreau does it again

Great tribute from one legend to another. #RIPDuke

Soulful Dedication!!!

Wow!!....I was not expecting my of my musical idols, the great Al Jarreau & other music favorites to put a highly listenable and melodic CD celebrating Brother George Duke!!...I will listen to this collection of songs for many years to come!!

Biography

Born: March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Jazz

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

The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively), Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 12, 1940. The son of a vicar, he earned his first performing experience singing in the church choir. After receiving his master's degree in psychology, Jarreau pursued a career as a social worker, but eventually...
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