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||Isfahan||Joe Jackson||5:03||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Caravan||Joe Jackson||6:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I'm Beginning to See the Light / Take the "A" Train / Cotton Tail||Joe Jackson||3:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Mood Indigo||Joe Jackson||4:04||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Rockin' In Rhythm||Joe Jackson||3:28||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues / Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me||Joe Jackson||5:14||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)||Joe Jackson||4:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Perdido / Satin Doll (feat. Zuco 103)||Joe Jackson||4:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy||Joe Jackson||5:26||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)||Joe Jackson||5:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
|11||VideoThe Making of "The Duke"||Joe Jackson||11:59||Album Only||View in iTunes|
I'll come clean and state right away that I've been a JJ admirer from the very beginning. He does little wrong and the challenging twists and turns his music takes constantly surprises and delights. My dad was a big fan of the big band sound in the years before I was born and growing up I feasted on Beatles and Basie, Glenn Miller and Glen Matlock, the Thin White Duke and Thin Lizzy. Ellington was another part of the kaleidoscopic aural diorama I tuned into. Joe hasn't so much done a tribute here but reworked some classic melodies in his own quirky style and produced a fascinating and enjoyable listen that is yet another diversely wonderful addition to hos outstanding catalog. If, like me, you find his work indispensable you are going to love it. If you want to simply tune in to something old that sounds refreshingly new then give this a go. It is sweet, sweet music!
joe is the master and we are his pupils. listen and learn my friends. this album is a journey i highly recommend.
I am no connoisseur by any stretch nor an art/music critic but this rendition of "If it ain't got that swing" really brings both the tune and the meaning of the title squarely into modern times. The rest of the album may have to grow on you for a bit so if you have no time (or patience) stick with that track alone for now. Since this is nothing like any other Joe Jackson work you might know it would be good to listen to all the track previews before jumping in.
Me, I am glad I took the leap of faith!
Born: August 11, 1954 in Burton-upon-Trent, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s