The Duke (Joe Jackson album)

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The Duke
Joe Jackson The Duke.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 June 2012
Recorded2011
GenreJazz, sophisti-pop[1]
Length47:38
LabelRazor & Tie
ProducerJoe Jackson
Joe Jackson chronology
Live at Rockpalast
(2012)
The Duke
(2012)
Steppin' Out - The Collection
(2014)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Consequence of SoundD-[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

The Duke is the seventeenth studio album by English musician Joe Jackson. The album was released on 26 June 2012 by Razor & Tie Recordings.[6][7]

The album is a tribute to Duke Ellington, the American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra.

Upon its release, The Duke received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59 based on 10 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[2]

The album debuted at No. 93 on the Billboard 200,[8] and No. 1 on the Top Jazz Albums chart,[9] selling around 5,000 copies in its first week of release. The album has sold 13,000 copies in the United States as of September 2015.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs arranged and produced by Joe Jackson.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Isfahan"Ellington, Strayhorn5:03
2."Caravan"Ellington, Tizol, Mills6:01
3."I'm Beginning to See the Light / Take the "A" Train / Cotton Tail"Ellington, George / Strayhorn / Ellington3:34
4."Mood Indigo"Ellington, Mills, Bigard4:04
5."Rockin' in Rhythm"Ellington3:28
6."I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues / Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me"Ellington, George / Ellington, Russell5:14
7."I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"Ellington, Webster4:48
8."Perdido / Satin Doll" (featuring Zuco 103)Tizol, Lenk, Drake / Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn4:49
9."The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy"Ellington, Miley / Ellington5:26
10."It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (featuring Iggy Pop)Ellington, Mills5:11

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
  • Joe Jacksonpiano, keyboards, stylophone, synthesizer, accordion, tom-toms, melodica, vibraphone
  • Steve Vai - guitar on "Isfahan" and "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy"
  • Kris Ingram Lanzaro - synthesizers, drum programming, sound design, on "Isfahan" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", Production Assistant for whole album.
  • Sussan Deyhim - vocals on "Caravan"
  • Vinnie Zummo - guitars on "Caravan", "I'm Beginning to See the Light / Take the "A" Train / Cotton Tail" and "Mood Indigo", harmonica on "Mood Indigo", "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)", "Perdido / Satin Doll", "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
  • Mary Rowell - violin on "Caravan", "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy"
  • Cornelius Dufallo - violin on "Caravan", "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy" and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)"
  • Ralph Farris - viola on "Caravan", "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy"
  • Dorothy Lawson - cello on "Caravan", "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy"
  • Christian McBride - bass guitar on "Caravan", "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", acoustic bass on "I'm Beginning to See the Light / Take the "A" Train / Cotton Tail" and "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues / Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me"
  • Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson - drums on "Caravan", "I'm Beginning to See the Light / Take the "A" Train / Cotton Tail", "Mood Indigo", "Rockin' In Rhythm", "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues / Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me" and "The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy"
  • Sue Hadjopoulos – congas and bongos on "Caravan", "I'm Beginning to See the Light / Take the "A" Train / Cotton Tail" and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)"
  • Regina Carter - violin on "I'm Beginning to See the Light / Take the "A" Train / Cotton Tail", "Mood Indigo" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
  • Tony Aiello - piccolo on "Rockin' In Rhythm"
  • Damon Bryson - sousaphone on "Rockin' In Rhythm"
  • Sharon Jones - vocals on "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues / Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me"
  • Kirk Douglas - guitar on "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues / Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me"
  • Lilian Vieira - vocals on "Perdido / Satin Doll", 'doo wah' vocals on "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
  • Stefan Kruger - drums and percussion on "Perdido / Satin Doll" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
  • Iggy Pop - vocals on "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
  • Stefan Schmid - synthesizer on "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Duke". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for The Duke by Joe Jackson". Metacritic. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  3. ^ Mark Deming (2012-06-26). "The Duke - Joe Jackson | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  4. ^ Brennan, Collin (2012-06-26). "Joe Jackson – The Duke". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  5. ^ Dolan, Jon (2012-07-19). "Joe Jackson The Duke Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  6. ^ "The Duke by Joe Jackson on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  7. ^ Phil Gallo (2012-11-07). "Joe Jackson Taking 'Duke' on the Road". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  8. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. July 14, 2012.
  9. ^ "Top Jazz Albums". Billboard. July 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 17, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)

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