GEORGE DUKE - NEW YORK 1975 (R.I.P. 1946-2013)

August 8, 2013 – 6:08 am

American jazz musician George Duke, a pioneering keyboardist who collaborated with Frank Zappa during the 1970s, has died of cancer at the age of 67. Former Supremes singer Scherrie Payne has confirmed that Duke died at St John’s hospital in Los Angeles on Monday (August 5, 2013), the BBC reported. An accomplished musician across multiple genres, including jazz, funk and R&B, Duke released more than 30 solo albums, as well as producing and composing tracks for several musicians including Miles Davis, Gladys Knight and Anita Baker. In the ’70s, Duke and Frank Zappa worked together on a series of records including Chunga’s Revenge, 200 Motels and Apostrophe. His latest album, DreamWeaver, was released in July 2013, as a tribute to his wife Corine, who died from cancer a year ago. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He is survived by his sons, Rasheed and John.

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New York 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Village Gate, New York City, NY; June 23, 1975. Very good to excellent FM broadcast. Eeklair’s remaster.

Thanks to Eeklair for the remaster and to the original uploader and to jazamo for sharing the tracks at Dime.

jazamo’s notes:

Here’s a rare show from George Duke broadcast on WRVR FM in 1975. Duke sets prior to ‘76 seem to be few and far between and, in the following years, often a Funk/Soul exercise.

In this Trio set with Weather Report alumni Alphonso Johnson and Chester Thompson, George just smokes everything put in front of him. You listen to him and laugh at what he gets out of his keyboards! I mean, I think he should have called this band The “George Duke Experience” (no dis to Jimi). A high energy show with some source flaws, it has been posted a few times, this version being Eeklair’s tweek. This show is meant to be played as it was that night, LOUD. All praise to the original poster and Eeklair for their efforts in trying to tame this bitch!

Eeklair’s remaster notes:

This little gem is a little hissy, but what a great capture of some fusion phenoms. I was going to de-hiss this but it detracted from the ambience, so I left it. I did however EQ it to give the drums and bass more punch and clarity, I also fixed the equipment noises quite a bit… And I raised the overall volume level to about 95% of maximum. And the best part, I gave the last track an ending so it doesn’t just stop cold. I just spliced a repeat of the head in then let it fade out into some crowd noise.

FM > probably Reel to Reel > CD Copy > trade > EAC Secure Modus > Flac >
April 2010:
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Track 01. The Opening (fade-in) [10:38] (17.9MB)
Track 02. Old Slippers [8:51] (14.9MB)
Track 03. Oh, Cambodia (with drum + bass solo) [8:33] (14.4MB)
Track 04. Feel (Vocal) [8:51] (14.9MB)
Track 05. Floop De Loop (fade out) [11:36] (19.5MB)

George Duke - keyboards, Moog, Fender Rhodes, vocal
Alphonso Johnson - electric bass
Chester Thompson - drums

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  1. 10 Responses to “GEORGE DUKE - NEW YORK 1975 (R.I.P. 1946-2013)”

  2. RIP George. Thanks,bigO.

    By NAMoosedog on Aug 8, 2013

  3. May Mr. Duke rest in peace.

    By mc pete on Aug 8, 2013

  4. “Louie Louie” by George and Stanley Clarke. Yes, that’s right - “Louie Louie”.

    By Dingus on Aug 9, 2013

  5. A wonderful show showing George’s great talents for fusion during the 70’s. Many thanks.

    By Bill Martin on Aug 9, 2013

  6. Thanks for this very welcome item, but dear God, what an awful occasion for it.

    By Reimer on Aug 9, 2013

  7. Thank you so much for this. I have appreciated George since I first heard him on FZ recordings, and those with Stanley Clarke, plus videos of him playing with Miles. He truly found joy in music, I love to watch his face as he plays. Will be sadly missed by very many.

    By Allan H on Aug 14, 2013

  8. Kinda feel that Track 2 should also have a parenthetical addition. :) Many thanks for this show, Big O! And rest easy now, Big George.

    By golgo hakase on Aug 15, 2013

  9. Thank you for the George Duke. I am SO SAD he passed. Wish I could have seen him perform live.

    By Paul on Dec 10, 2013

  10. I Photographed George many times. One of the best musicians this planet will ever know. And as down-to-earth as can be. Always a great conversation, a very kind man! Will always miss him, RIP…

    By Dean Opper on Jan 28, 2016

  11. In 1973 My friend had a spare zappa ticket for sydney ,went to the show with no idea about frank, the mothers where outstanding and the best memory i have is George Duke ,still fresh in my mind all these years later

    By skinned knees on Jan 28, 2016

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