Album Review | Rock
Joe Jackson, ‘The Duke’
Jazz isn’t for everyone. It’s certainly not for Joe Jackson. The singer and pianist, who has made some of the pop-rock era’s finest records, manages to turn jazz’s greatest composer into schlock. On “The Duke,” Jackson covers 15 Ellington tunes over 10 tracks. Now, there’s interpreting a song, and there’s turning a song into pap. Jackson does the latter.