The Duke

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  • Summary: Joe Jackson tribute album to Duke Ellington includes guest appearances by such artists as Iggy Pop, Sharon Jones, Regina Carter, ?uestlove, Christian McBride, and Steve Vai.
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It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
What good is melody, what good is music If it ain't possessin' something sweet It ain't the melody, it ain't the music It's something else that makes... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Magnet
    Jul 18, 2012
    75
    The rather unimaginative song selection is enlivened by inventive medleys, stylistic reinterpretations, and playfully arranged instrumentals. [No.89 p.55]
  2. Jun 27, 2012
    70
    Jackson's love for Ellington but unwillingness to play it safe puts The Duke much closer in spirit to its inspiration than rote copies of originals would ever have done.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 2, 2012
    70
    [An] elaborate, sophisticated collection. [Sep 2012, p.79]
  4. Jul 19, 2012
    60
    Even when it's too adult-contempo (see Steve Vai grating new age cheese all over "Isfahan") this album always has one thing going for it – it makes you want to listen to some Duke Ellington.
  5. Mojo
    Jul 19, 2012
    60
    For the most part his tribute to Duke Ellington works in the way that should keep purist onside. [Aug 2012, p.96]
  6. Jun 27, 2012
    50
    Most of the time, Jackson's new arrangements of Ellington's compositions don't serve the songs so much as they betray the arrogance of a musician who wants to show us how he can bring this music into the present day while ignoring many of the qualities that made it timeless.
  7. Jun 27, 2012
    20
    The Duke is an awful, awful record.

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