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Various Artists: Goin’ Home…Duke Ellington: A Benefit for the Duke Ellington Foundation

At its best, Goin’ Home…Duke Ellington (Over the Edge/Lightyear 54461-2; 67:50) is an amazing, pitch-perfect tribute, with an all-star cast offering explosive big-band efforts and shiver-inducing vocal interpretations. However, this somewhat lengthy album (with proceeds benefiting the Duke Ellington Foundation) also includes a number of interesting experiments, some of which succeed with eloquent insight, and others of which merely puzzle.

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