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Synth and Software’s Top 10 Synth Soloists



Follow the Rainbow from 1979

George Duke

For me, George is probably tied for first place with Jan Hammer; such was his influence and expertise as a lead synth player. What stands out about George’s playing is his bluesy and expressive bending. He achieved an almost vocal quality in his playing, and he just oozed feeling and soul. His early solo albums like Feel and The Aura Will Prevail featured lots of soloing, as did his many guest spots on others’ recordings. In the more commercial recordings he started making in the late ’70s, he still featured many solos played within the confines of more R&B-based music. A number of his later recordings like Dukey Treats, Déjà Vu, and his final release Dreamwaver showed him still playing deeply creative music with lots of tasty synth soloing.

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