1983 George Duke – Tokyo – Japan (Live)

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.

Beginning in 1967 Duke experimented further with jazz fusion, playing and recording with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, as well as performing with the Don Ellis Orchestra, and Cannonball Adderley’s band, while he acquainted himself with Frank Zappa.[1] Duke appeared on a number of Frank Zappa’s albums through the 1970s.

Frank Zappa played guitar solos on Duke’s 1974 album, Feel – the instrumental “Old Slippers”, and “Love” – credited as Obdewl’l X, possibly due to contractual reasons.

Duke covered two Zappa-composed songs on his 1975 album, The Aura Will Prevail, – “Uncle Remus” (co-written with Duke) and “Echidna’s Arf” – that he had played on while a member of The Mothers on Zappa’s albums.

A further Zappa connection occurred on Duke’s other album from 1975, I Love the Blues She Heard Me Cry – which utilized Ruth Underwood, Tom Fowler, and Bruce Fowler from Zappa’s Overnite Sensation band that Duke was a part of, along with Zappa-associate Johnny “Guitar” Watson and jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour.

Duke served as a record producer and composer on two instrumental tracks on Miles Davis albums: “Backyard Ritual” (from Tutu, 1986) and “Cobra” (from Amandla, 1989). He has also worked with a number of Brazilian musicians, including singer Milton Nascimento, percussionist Airto Moreira and singer Flora Purim. Lynn Davis and Sheila E appeared on Duke’s late-1970s solo albums Don’t Let Go and Master of the Game.

Duke occasionally recorded under the name Dawilli Gonga, possibly for contractual reasons, when appearing on other artists albums, such as Lee Ritenour’s Captain Fingers album (1977), Billy Cobham, David Sanborn and others.


2  Dukes Shuffle3:21
3  Reach Out7:53
4  Band Introduction1:39
5  Light3:18
6  Silly Fightin’13:48
7  Mouth Grooves2:35
8  Solo Flight3:01
9  Sweet Baby8:56
10  I Want You For Myself6:43
11  The Edge Of Forever3:22
12  Love Reborn7:03
13  Shine On13:06
14  A Little More 



BassLouis Johnson
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsGeorge Duke
SynthesizerRobert Brookins
VocalsGeorge Duke
VocalsRobert Brookins
VocalsLynn Davis
VocalsMarcy Levy

Liner Notes

Art Direction – Rik Shannon
Film Technician (Dvd Authorization) – Chris Woods
Mixed By (Original Mix) – Tommy Vicari
Video Editor (Dvd Editing) – Steve Lovejoy

Recorded live at Shibuya Public Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on 30, November – 01 December, 1983
remix – 5.1 Surround sound