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Joe Jackson — The Duke (2012)

Joe Jackson ◊ The Duke (2012)

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Joe Jackson The Duke
Birth name: David Ian Jackson
Born: 11 August 1954, Burton upon Trent, England
Genres: Punk rock/ska (early), New Wave, jazz pop, jazz, classical
Occupations: Musician, songwriter, author
Instruments: Vocals, piano, keyboards, organ, saxophone, harmonica, melodica, synthesiser, accordion, vibraphone
Location: Berlin, Germany
Album release: June 22, 2012
Record Label: earMusic/Razor&Tie in the U.S./Edel everywhere else
Duration:     47:39
01 Isfahan     5:04
02 Caravan     6:02
03 I'm Beginning To See The Light , Take The 'a' Train , Cotton Tail 3:35
04 Mood Indigo     4:04
05 Rockin' In Rhythm     3:28
06 I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues , Do Nothin' 'til You Hear From Me 5:15
07 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)     4:48
08 Perdido , Satin Doll     4:50
09 The Mooche , Black And Tan Fantasy     5:27
10 It Don't Mean A Thing (If I Aint Got That Swing)     5:11
Website: http://joejackson.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/joejacksonmusic#!
Recorded and mixed by the legendary Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Sting, Bob Dylan), The Duke features guest performances/duets with Iggy Pop, Sharon Jones, Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim, Lilian Vieira (from the Brazilian/Dutch collective Zuco103), violinist Regina Carter, bassist Christian McBride, Steve Vai, drummer Ahmir Questlove Thompson (The Roots) and Jackson band members Vinnie Zummo (guitar) and Sue Hadjopoulos (percussion).
Website Allison Cornell: http://www.allisoncornell.com
Website Adam Rogers: http://www.adamrogersmusic.com/
Website Regina Carter: http://www.reginacarter.com
Website Nate Smith: http://www.natesmithmusic.com/
Website Sue Hadjopoulos: http://www.suehadjopoulos.com
About Sue Hadjopoulos press:
"A miniscule New York dynamo" - Actuel (France)
"Her stunning musicianship brought evocative nuances and variety to the material" - The Boston Globe
"Her inclusion is an inspired stroke, lending all kinds of Latinate shuffle and grit (to the music)" - New Music Express (England)
"A key element in an exciting performance" - Musico Pro
The Duke finds the iconoclastic singer/composer/arranger/keyboardist and five-time Grammy nominee Joe Jackson interpreting a series of Ellington classics over the course of ten tracks, interspersing melodic and rhythmic elements of various compositions in a manner that's consistent with Ellington's own freewheeling approach. The resulting album is a seamless fusion of sounds and styles, whose abundant sense of playfulness is consistent with Ellington's boundary-breaking attitude.
The Duke is a decidedly unconventional salute to Ellington, demonstrating the timeless brilliance of his classic compositions while showcasing Joe Jackson's sublime skills as an arranger, instrumentalist and vocal interpreter. Although it's only the second time he's recorded an album not comprised of his own compositions, The Duke is nonetheless a deeply personal project for Jackson, whose longstanding affinity for Ellington's pioneering spirit has served as a key inspiration throughout his own three-decades-plus career.
Joe Jackson explains, "When I started this, it felt a little daunting like, how am I gonna pull this off? But it started to pick up momentum, and took on a life of its own. I got to work with people I never thought I'd be able to get, and they were all extremely enthusiastic and supportive of the project. It all came together in a way that surpassed my expectations. And it's been a hell of a lot of fun."
The Duke finds Joe Jackson interpreting 15 Ellington classics over the course of ten tracks, interspersing melodic and rhythmic elements of various compositions in a manner that's consistent with Ellington's own freewheeling approach.  Rather than emulating the songs' original big-band settings, Jackson filters the material through his own musical imagination while exploring an assortment of unexpected grooves and textures.  The resulting album is a seamless fusion of sounds and styles, whose abundant sense of playfulness is consistent with Ellington's boundary-breaking attitude.
Jackson’s distinctive voice is featured on I’m Beginning To See The Light, Mood Indigo, and I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good), while It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) finds him trading vocals with punk icon Iggy Pop. R&B diva Sharon Jones, meanwhile, shines with a soulful I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues. In keeping with Ellington’s multiculturalism, Jackson also encouraged Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim to perform a soaring Caravan in Farsi, and Lilian Vieira, of the Brazilian/Dutch collective Zuco 103, to create a sunny, sexy Portuguese version of Perdido.
The album’s striking mix of electronic and organic textures is especially evident on instrumentals like Isfahan featuring Steve Vai and Berlin electronic musician Kris Ingram Lanzaro, Rockin’ In Rhythm, The Mooche, and Black and Tan Fantasy. The musicians include two contemporary jazz stars, violinist Regina Carter and bassist Christian McBride; rock guitar hero Steve Vai; drummer Ahmir 'Questlove’ Thompson   and other members of The Roots; and two of Jackson’s old associates, guitarist Vinnie Zummo and percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos. Two album tracks (PERDIDO and IT DON'T MEAN A THING) were recorded in collaboration with Zuco 103 at their studio in Amsterdam. The remaining tracks were recorded, and the whole album mixed, in New York by legendary producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner.
Though The Duke is a tribute album, it’s also very much a Joe Jackson album, consistent with his long-standing sense of musical adventure.
Original albums:
Look Sharp! (1979, A&M) No. 20 US, No. 40 UK
I'm the Man (1979, A&M) No. 22 US, No. 12 UK
"The Harder They Come" (EP) 1980
Beat Crazy (1980, A&M) No. 41 US, No. 42 UK
Jumpin' Jive (1981, A&M) No. 42 US, No. 14 UK
Night and Day (1982, A&M) No. 4 US, No. 3 UK
Mike's Murder Movie Soundtrack (1983, A&M) No. 64 US
Body and Soul (1984, A&M) No. 20 US, No. 14 UK
Big World (1986, A&M) No. 34 US, No. 41 UK
Will Power (1987, A&M) No. 131 US
Tucker Original Soundtrack (1988, A&M)
Blaze of Glory (1989, A&M) No. 61 US, No. 36 UK
Laughter & Lust (1991, Virgin) No. 116 US, No. 41 UK
Night Music (1994, Virgin)
Heaven & Hell (1997, Sony)
Symphony No. 1 (1999, Sony)
Night and Day II (2000, Sony)
Volume 4 (2003, Rykodisc)
Rain (2008, Rykodisc)
The Duke (2012, Razor & Tie)
Live albums:
Big World (1986) Recorded live; audience asked to remain quiet so no applause or chat-ups.
Live 1980/86 (1988, A&M) No. 91 US, No. 66 UK
Summer in the City: Live in New York (2000, Sony)
Two Rainy Nights (2002, Great Big Island)
AfterLife (2004, Rykodisc)
Live at the BBC (2009, Spectrum)
Live Music (2011, Razor & Tie)
Live in Germany 1980 (2011 Immortal)
Compilation albums:
Stepping Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson (1990) No. 7 UK
This Is It! (The A&M Years 1979–1989) – Joe Jackson) (1997, A&M)
Joe Jackson – Collected (2010, Universal Nashville)
Video albums:
Steppin' Out: The Videos (The Very Best of Joe Jackson) (2001, A&M)
Joe Jackson – 25th Anniversary Special (2003, Image Entertainment)

joe jackson interview billboardRead Joe's interview in Billboard © Jean-Luc photographer / Joe Jackson, El Macombo, Toronto, May 21, 1979 © David Gans photographer / Joe Jackson, performing in Arizona, July 1982

Joe Jackson The Duke (2012)