Saturday, November 02, 2013

Michael Jackson: Off the Wall

"George Duke, who began his career as a jazz pianist in the 1960s but made his name by crossing musical boundaries, died on Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. ... The name of the instrument with which Mr. Duke is perhaps most closely associated also describes his approach to music: synthesizer. While he remained a respected figure in the jazz world, over the years he also played keyboards with Frank Zappa and Michael Jackson, sang lead on a Top 20 single and produced pop and rhythm-and-blues hits for others. His work has been sampled by hip-hop and electronic artists, including Daft Punk. ... While he pursued a career as a leader, he continued to participate in recording sessions for notable albums like Michael Jackson’s 'Off the Wall'" (William Yardley, "George Duke, Keyboardist Who Crossed Genre Boundaries, Dies at 67," New York Times, 8/6/13).

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