ARKADIA JAZZ ALL-STARS: Thank You, Duke! – Our Tribute to Duke Ellington

Catalog# 70003

UPC# 602267000320


Benny Golson-tenor sax, Joanne Brackeen-piano, Billy Taylor-piano, T.K. Blue-alto sax, Harold Land-tenor sax, Joris Teepe-bass, Eric Reed-piano, Billy Higgins-drums, Randy Weston-piano, Mulgrew Miller-piano, Buster Williams-bass, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez-drums, Ira Coleman-bass, Steve Nelson-Vibraphone, Terrell Stafford-trumpet, Carl Allen-drums, Don Braden-tenor sax, Chris Potter-tenor, David Hazeltine-piano

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               “Plenty of fine discs have honored Duke this year, and this eclectic album ranks among the best.”  — Bob Young, Boston Herald

The Arkadia Jazz All-Stars is a group established in 1996 as the brainchild of Bob Karcy, Producer, musician, Founder and CEO of Arkadia Records. Karcy’s original goal was to harness the creative brilliance of the Artists on its Arkadia Records labels, along with select guest musicians representing some of Jazz’s biggest stars, to create an unparalleled series of newly recorded, thematically unified studio albums. So far, ten albums have been recorded and three more are in production. The Arkadia Jazz All-Stars albums have been honored with three Grammy Award Nominations. 

               “This album contains moments of genuine inspiration, plus a high level of artistry and craftsmanship. Mission accomplished, artfully.”Owen Cordle, JazzTimes

The Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Thank You, Duke (Our Tribute to Duke Ellington), creates a remarkable tribute to one of Jazz music’s most eminent composers and important personalities.  We at Arkadia Jazz feel it is important to honor the legacy of some of Jazz’s greats. For our Thank You Series of musical homages, we asked our artists go into the studio and record all new, previously unreleased versions of songs either derived from or influenced by the enduring legacy of Jazz’s royalty, in this case, the incomparable Duke Ellington.

Lead Artists are Benny Golson, Joanne Brackeen, T.K. Blue, Billy Taylor, Harold Land, and Joris Teepe, and Eric Reed from our Joe Henderson project.

Special Guest Artists are Mulgrew Miller, Chris Potter, Buster Williams, James Hurt, Carl Allen, Steve Nelson, Terrell Stafford, Billy Higgins, Don Braden, Ira Coleman, Horacio ” El Negro” Hernandez, and Randy Weston.

               “…there is no sign of age in any of the timeless themes, certainly not in this interpretation.”Ray Redmond, Jazz USA

In this diverse and exciting collection from Arkadia´s recording artists, a talented and multifaceted assemblage of musicians – each in his own style and manner – pays tribute to Duke Ellington, playing tunes Duke wrote or made famous. Ellington´s influence is something for which we will remain in debt for many years to come. As such, we feel very strongly that it is important to say…Thank you, Duke!

Bob Karcy’s ultimate aim is that the Arkadia Jazz All-Stars, in addition to creating new, exciting and stellar music, would emerge as an artistically successful recording group on its own, and serve as a showcase for the Artists on Arkadia Records, allowing them to create awareness and recognition, and helping our Artists expand beyond their hard core fans.

1.  Don’t Get Around Much Anymore BENNY GOLSON – tenor sax, Mulgrew Miller-piano, Buster Williams-bass, Carl Allen, drums 5:40
2. I n a Sentimental Mood BILLY TAYLOR –piano 5:48
3.  Day Dream T.K. BLUE QUARTET

T.K. Blue-alto sax, James Hurt-piano,

Curtis Lundy-bass, Eric McPherson-drums

4.  Sophisticated Lady JOANNE BRACKEEN


5.  Isfahan ERIC REED–piano, Terrell Stafford-trumpet, Carl Allen-drums, Steve Nelson-vibraphone, Rodney Whitaker, bass 4:17
6.  In a Sentimental Mood HAROLD LAND with String Orchestra

Ray Ellis-Arranger, Billy Higgins-drums

7.  Chromatic Love Affair T.K. BLUE & RANDY WESTON

T.K. Blue-soprano sax, Randy Weston-piano


Golson-tenor sax, Mulgrew Miller-piano, Buster Williams-bass, Carl Allen, drums


Joanne Brackeen-piano, Ira Coleman-bass,

Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez-drums

10.  The Feeling of Jazz JORIS TEEPE-bass

Chris Potter-tenor sax, Don Braden-sop sax, David Hazeltine-piano, Bruce Cox-drums



…this disc is an outstanding collection of musicsome of the most insightful readings of the Ellington book available…it’s all of the highest caliber.  — Jim Trageser, American Reporter

This third in a series of tribute albums features a talented and diverse collection of musicians interpreting ten songs written by or associated with Duke Ellington…this CD is packed with incredibly moving solos, single voices playing with those familiar melodies in new waysThis is an album to fall in love with instantly. — Jeanette Houser, Victory Music Review

“This celebration…features 26 top musicians interpreting ten songs associated with the great Duke, all given fresh treatments and colorful interpretations.”  Courier Lifestyles

“Plenty of fine discs have honored Duke this year, and this eclectic album ranks among the best.” – Bob Young, Best CD’s of ’99, Boston Herald

“Even with competition so deep and wide, this release by Arkadia stands out as one of the best and, unquestionably, one of the best jazz offerings of the year…Each of these stalwart musicians managed to put his or her own stylistic stamp on their approach…the best thing about the 60 minutes of music on this disc is that it will satisfy both the hardcore jazz fan, as well as novice…an ideal slice of moody background music for those looking for hip yet romantic ambiencehighly recommended.”  – Hank Davis, Goldmine

“…Randy Weston is an imposing presence on his one appearance, and Joanne Brackeen is the most striking…” – Art Lange, E Pulse!

One of the best tributes released to celebrate the centennial of Duke Ellington’s birth is “Thank You, Duke!”…Highlights include tenor saxophonist Benny Golson’s happy-go-lucky take of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”…pianist Billy Taylor’s dreamy “In A Sentimental Mood”, and Joanne Brackeen’s unusual approach to “Sophisticated Lady”. — Ken Dryden, Chattanooga Times

“4+/5 Stars!stands out, not only for the fine music but also for the musicians! …good listening throughout.” – D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place- Vol.6, No.1

Arkadia Jazz adds the third installment to its tribute series that includes previous “thank-yous” to John Coltrane and Gerry Mulligan…These grateful Arkadia Jazz All-Stars are proof positive that the third time could be the charm. – Stacy Meyn, CDNOW