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British Vocalist Joe Jackson to Release Duke Ellington Tribute

Christian McBride, Regina Carter and Iggy Pop are among the contributors

British singer-songwriter-keyboardist Joe Jackson has announced that he will release a tribute album to Duke Ellingto. The Duke will be released June 26 on the Razor & Tie label. Jackson will interpret 15 Ellington classics over the course of 10 tracks, “interspersing melodic and rhythmic elements of various compositions in a manner that’s consistent with Ellington’s own freewheeling approach,” according to a press release.

Tracks will include “I’m Beginning To See The Light,” “Mood Indigo” and “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” while “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” Jackson will duet with punk icon Iggy Pop. R&B vocalist Sharon Jones performs on “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues,” and Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim perform on “Caravan,” sung in Farsi. Lilian Vieira, of the Brazilian/Dutch collective Zuco 103, sings a Portuguese version of “Perdido.”

Nstrumentals on the album include “Isfahan,” “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “The Mooche” and “Black and Tan Fantasy.” The musicians on the set include jazz violinist Regina Carter and bassist Christian McBride; rock guitarist Steve Vai; drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and other members of the Roots; and two of Jackson’s old associates, guitarist Vinnie Zummo and percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos.

Early in his career, Jackson released Joe Jackson’s Jumpin’ Jive, a collection of uptempo swing and jump blues tunes.

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