Album: Joe Jackson, The Duke (Ear Music)

 

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In his Eighties pomp, Jackson contributed a superb arrangement of "Round Midnight" to a Thelonious Monk tribute album, but this new homage to Ellington works as superior adult-pop rather than jazz.

There's an adventurous (bizarre, even) choice of guests, including Steve Vai, Sharon Jones and Iggy Pop, yet Jackson has gone for the most familiar tunes, giving them makeovers from Iranian drum'*'bass to samba. He wins you over, eventually.

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