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Joe Jackson - The Duke

Joe Jackson

The Duke
Record Label: Razor & Tie
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Review by John Noyd
July 2012

Tapping into Ellington’s multi-cultural influences of American swing, European symphonies and African spirituals and drawing from talented collaborators adding their modern jazz, rock and hip-hop stylings, former New Wave punk turned musical renaissance man, proves his agility once again with, “The Duke.” A hornless tribute to a big band genius, Jackson dives into the double-timing, half-beats and complicated rhythms directing incandescent instrumentals, melting medleys and sweeping themes with sophisticated shots of salsa-flavored chamber-pop. A musician passionate about surprising, revising and improvising, “The Duke,” proves Jackson’s mastery of transmuting moods and using inspiration to move new ideas, reinterpreting familiar melodies into fashionable acrobatics combining Fred Astaire flair with prowling alley-cat elegance. Joe brings his red-hot band to Milwaukee’s Pabst and Chicago’s Vic, September 28th and 29th

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