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In Honor of Duke

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In Honor of Duke

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
Producers:
Columbia Jazz
genre:
Instrumental, Jazz

We gave it a B

Pianist Roberts, drummer Jason Marsalis, and bassist Roland Guerin (joined on two tracks by percussionist Antonio Sanchez) work more as equals than as leader plus sidemen. This is not music by Ellington, incidentally, but an original suite dedicated to him. If it lacks the melodic richness and strength of Ellington’s own more compelling work, it’s still quirky, inventive, and surprise-filled.

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