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Going Home: Tribute to Duke Ellington
Various Artists, Grady Tate, Kirk Whalum
Going Home: Tribute to Duke Ellington
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Ostentatiously billed as "the only true tribute to the man known as the Greatest American Composer of the Twentieth Century," this program puts a decidedly contemporary spin on Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. At times dri...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists, Grady Tate, Kirk Whalum, Nancy Wilson, Guru, Everette Harp
Title: Going Home: Tribute to Duke Ellington
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Platinum Ent.
Original Release Date: 3/14/2000
Release Date: 3/14/2000
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Swing Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Vocal Pop, Tributes, Soul, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 015095376725

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Ostentatiously billed as "the only true tribute to the man known as the Greatest American Composer of the Twentieth Century," this program puts a decidedly contemporary spin on Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. At times dripping with pathos and oversentimentality, this is a largely successful smooth-jazz-infused polishing of classic Ellingtonia. Going Home is a pop-R&B crossover producer's all-star dream date, crafted by George Duke, Kashif, and Dwayne Wiggins, who hip hops "It Don't Mean a Thing" with Guru. Six Ellington classics are given a millennium twist, and four new pieces make extensive use of Duke-like themes, lyrics, and tune titles. The best example of the latter is Jerry Butler, Grady Tate, and the Dells' spirited collaboration "Swinging at the Cotton Club." Two fortuitous partnerships are forged when Nancy Wilson and Kenny Lattimore team up for a mellow "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," while Jon Hendricks, Al Jarreau, Take 6, and Gregory Hines's tap-dancing render "Going Home" a moving, polystylistic tribute. --Willard Jenkins

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Entertaining tribute
Tom Klein | International Falls, MN USA | 07/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The celebration of Duke Ellington a century after his birth has produced a wealth of tributes and, thankfully, some fine reissues of his work. This CD takes a more contemporary approach to Ellington's music resulting in a sort of smooth jazz sampler of the Duke. It's a very entertaining approach with some stellar work by an all-star roster of artists. Well worth a listen."