Seamlessly mixed jazz with pop and soul influences
Dan Cocker 2009-01-08
Brazilian Love Affair is one of George Duke's most well-known albums from a long and illustrious career which has spanned five decades.
Prior to releasing Brazilian Love Affair, George Duke was first know as a talented Jazz pianist before moving into pop and becoming famed within the RnB scene for hits such as Dukey Stick and Reach For It as well as working with Frank Zappa.
His 1979 album involved him travelling to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and collaborating with a number of local musicians and vocalists including Milton Nascimento, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. Although fans of his earlier work hoped for a return to instrumental jazz, Brazilian Love Affair instead provided an album which seamlessly mixed jazz with pop and soul influences.