Joe Jackson working with Iggy Pop, Steve Vai and more on new album

Singer songwriter Joe Jackson has enlisted an impressive selection of guests for his upcoming new album.

Although best known to the general public as a figure from the new-wave scene of the late 70s, Jackson’s repertoire has often crossed musical boundaries from pop to jazz and classical piano. His new release ‘The Duke’ finds Jackson reinterpreting key works by jazz legend Duke Ellington.

Songs featured include ‘Mood Indigo’, ‘I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)’ ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’. Jackson is said to have completely re-worked Ellington’s original arrangements.

To help him in his task, Jackson has some famous friends on board. Also appearing on the album are Steve Vai, Iggy Pop, Iranian singer Sussan Deyheim, Brizilian/Dutch band Zuco 103, members of The Roots and soul singer Sharon Jones. Helping Jackson are longtime musical collaborators Vinnie Zummo and Sue Hadjopolous.

‘The Duke’ is released on July 23rd on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.