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Duke Tribute Funds AIDS Research, Education

“I listen to the Duke in my Continental” sing The Groovepushers on Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Duke Ellington. Indeed, the tribute is not just a jazz tribute to the Duke, but includes R&B and hip-hop tracks suitable for cruising to in your own hooptie. The genre-skipping affair is the effort of over 21 artists including George Duke, Kashif, Jonathan Butler, Dianne Reeves, Jeffrey Osborne, Nancy Wilson, Christian McBride and Al Jarreau. Included are versions of “I Ain’t Got Nothing But the Blues” (by Oris Clay and Delya Chandler), “It Don’t Mean a Thing” (by Guru and Tashina Daniels) and an Ellington medley by Butler, Reeves and Osborne that includes sections of “Day Dream,” “I Didn’t Know About You” and “Prelude to a Kiss.”

Over the Edge Entertainment released the album Aug. 14 with distribution help from Lightyear Entertainment/WEA. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to support both the AIDS crisis in Africa and the educational programs of the Duke Ellington Foundation.

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