Chip Deffaa
November 05, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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