Jazz Legend George Duke Dies at 67

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We pay tribute to George Duke, who passed away at 67 last night, with some of his sampled tracks.

It comes with great sadness to tell you that legendary jazz musician George Duke passed away on Monday night in Los Angeles, California. Duke had been treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (also known as CLL). His career spanned over five decades, starting in 1966 and ending with Dreamweaver, which was released just last month. Other than his 30 solo albums, Duke also performed as a sideman and producer on a wide number of albums for the likes of Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis. Needless to say his inspiration was felt by many jazz musicians and anyone with a penchant for the cosmos in their music so to commemorate his life and the music he helped to carve, stream some of our favourite selections below.

Rise In Power, Mr Duke.

Thundercat – For Love I Come (cover of George Duke’s For Love [I Come Your Friend])

George Duke – Just For You

Crustation – Purple (J Dilla Remix) (sample of George Duke’s North Beach)

About Luke Alex Davis

Luke Davis is a music producer and editor of music blog Sampleface. In his spare time, he enjoys watching tennis and football and reading.