While Mr Duke performed with a number of jazz stars (Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Don Ellis), his talent goes beyond jazz piano.
Experimenting with synthesizers in the 70's, he worked on a number of records with Frank Zappa, played in R&B formations and produced pop artists.
George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums, of which 'A Brazilian Love Affair' from 1980 was his most popular, as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.