Scott Yanow, in his review for Allmusic, states "the music is quite thoughtful and subtle, with plenty of surprising ideas and unusual turns".
In his review for The Chicago TributeHoward Reich opined: "In retrospect, there's no doubt that Ahmad Jamal has been one of the most daring and influential pianists in jazz. His most recent release, I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn, carries a greater feeling of sentiment and nostalgia than one expects from Jamal, but considering the nature of this recording-a fond remembrance of Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and Billy Strayhorn-the tender lyricism and warm tone of the performances seem appropriate. At the same time, Jamal brings to many of these tracks a harmonic sophistication and an ability to develop material that few pianists working today could match. The intelligence with which he merges various Ellington themes in 'I Got It Bad,' the startling chord changes he brings to 'In a Sentimental Mood' and the intricate way he works out themes in 'Chelsea Bridge' all recommend this disc."