We Speak Duke – Lee Prosser, Jazzreview.com


If you are looking for a fine recording of songs by Duke Ellington sung by a fine jazz vocalist, then the release of the CD collection titled We Speak Duke will fill the bill completely! This is jazz vocals in the grand tradition of flawless singing and musical performances, filled with verve and style, and excellent production values. With the directness and beauty of this CD collection, it should be up for some awards.


Linda Tate has the perfect jazz voice. She is a singer’s singer.


Accompanying Linda Tate are some fine musicians. Bradley Williams on piano, Doug Scharf on trumpet, gifted vocalist Joanie Pallatto singing with Linda Tate on the song “In A Mellow Tone,” and many other artists whose input into this outstanding collection make it a winner in all ways.


There are sixteen songs in the collection. Here is a sampling of some of the Ellington songs: “Love You Madly,” “I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart,” “I’m Just A Lucky So and So,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Cotton Tail,” “Just Squeeze Me,” “In A Sentimental Mood,” and “Daydream.”


Congratulations to Southport Records for assembling an excellent, contemporary approach to the American Standards of composer Duke Ellington, and placing these classic songs with the voice of Linda Tate. We Speak Duke is one of the finest collections of Duke Ellington music to come along in several years. We Speak Duke is a winner!

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