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Another Masterpiece

I’m certain that whoever wrote this review is deaf. Or stupid. This is a clever, beautiful and well composed album. From the early stages of production, Joe made it clear that this was going to be an album of defiantly non-standard versions of Ellington’s tracks. He wanted to create something that depicted his appreciation for Ellington’s music but that featured his own style and personality. People need to let go of this belief that Joe is somehow ‘arrogant’ in the way he presents himself. Knowing that you’re a well respected and appreciated musician isn’t the same as being ‘arrogant’ and people need to start accepting this in order to value Joe’s work. This album combines elements from nearly all of Joe’s musical phases, as well as the inclusion of just some of the ‘famous friends’ that he has made along the way. Admittedly, this album will no doubt be favoured by existing lovers of Joe’s work and may take a few listens to really appreciate. However, it’s the unique style, interesting composition and gorgeous voice that make this album, I think, really quite brilliant. If you want to listen to Duke Ellington, then buy one of his records. But if you want to be amazed by the diverse talent of Joe and hear an interesting take on a musical legend, then go ahead and purchase ‘The Duke’.

One of the greatest musicians of all time

And Duke Ellington was really good too. Never saw him live and I like his music.

But Joe Jackson is a giant from the last 4 decades. Contrary to the misplaced assertions of the official reviewer, Joe never botched anything and the word is unhelpful and misguided. Joe interprets music his way and it is often simply sublime. He even interprets his own music in endless variations keeping his concerts fresh, invigorating and captivating. He's defied the music industry's need to pigeonhole musical types and defied critics who reveal their own lack of musical sophistication. This collection is his interpretation of some Duke songs, you simply leave your prejudices to one side and appreciate what he is doing. Joe is an artist, not just a musician. An original spirit, a genius, a gift and rare talent. Love the man, love his work.

The Duke

Fantastic went to see him in London Nov 2012 and he played all these songs - brilliant the official review is trash best £7.90 you will spend on itunes .


Born: 11 August 1954 in Burton-upon-Trent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In his 1999 memoir, A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage, Joe Jackson writes approvingly of George Gershwin as a musician who kept one foot in the popular and one in the classical realms of music. Like Gershwin, Jackson possesses a restless musical imagination that has found him straddling musical genres unapologetically, disinclined to pick one style and stick to it. The word "chameleon" often crops up in descriptions of him, but Jackson prefers to be thought of as "eclectic." Is he the Joe...
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