With Duke’s Place, Tom Culver capitalizes on the interpretive skills he’s been honing behind the microphone for decades, blending sophistication, humor, tenderness and happy-go-lucky charms into one irresistible package. Teaming up with Mark Winkler, the sought-after producer, lyricist, and singer regularly found collaborating with a who’s who of vocal elites, Culver bottles the very magic that’s been wowing audiences. While Duke’s Place is only Culver’s fifth album, it reflects a lifetime’s worth of experience. “He’s got a great sense of swing, a beautiful voice, and, like Tony Bennett, an almost palpable love of singing,” shares Winkler. All of that comes through clear as day with this captivating exploration of Ellington’s work.