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GEORGE DUKE RETURNS TO JAZZ CAFE

Veteran keyboardist and producer George Duke remembers a time when funk was a powerful force - not just in popular music but in social discourse. Frequently with a measure of wit and irony, and often with a strong dose of positivity at the core, titans like James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone and other funk icons of the ‘60s and ‘70s boldly addressed societal concerns ranging from poverty to racial disharmony to the battle of the sexes.

Duke invokes that same combination of wit and wisdom in Dukey Treats, his debut on BPM/Heads Up International set for worldwide release on 26 August 2008. A careful balance of rhythmic energy and simmering balladry, Dukey Treats recalls the golden age of funk and soul, while at the same time maintaining a fresh sound and addressing issues that are relevant to the global culture of the 21st century.

"I didn't want to drift too far away from the old school sensibility," Duke explains. "That was my main objective. I wanted to do an album where everybody went into the room at the same time and played. That's important, because the personalities of the musicians come through, and it's not just a progression of different musicians coming in one at a time, sitting down in front of a computer and laying down a track."