terça-feira, 7 de março de 2017

Blue Beat | Blue Note Plays The Music Of Lennon & McCartney

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The straight-ahead jazz world is full of myopic musicians who insist that worthwhile popular music ended with the Broadway songs of the '30s, '40s, or '50s. They will sing the praises of George & Ira GershwinCole PorterRodgers & Hart, or Irving Berlin, but heaven forbid they should record anything by Marvin GayeJoni MitchellStevie Wonder, or Billy Joel. Thankfully, not all jazz musicians are that myopic, and this compilation (which was released in 1991 and spans 1964-1989) shows listeners how interesting things can be when jazzmen turn their attention to the Beatles' songbook. Blue Beat: Blue Note Plays Lennon & McCartney is not an album of note-for-note covers. Quite often, NAC artists like NajeeRichard Elliot, and Dave Koz will perform muzak versions of a rock or R&B tune and call it jazz, but that isn't what this CD is about. On Blue Beat, most of the artists bring an honest-to-God jazz mentality to John Lennon/Paul McCartney classics, and that is true whether the musician is Grant Green on "I Want to Hold Your Hand," Lee Morgan on "Yesterday" (arranged by Oliver Nelson), or Stanley Turrentine on "Can't Buy Me Love." Some tunes are heard twice, including "Eleanor Rigby"; while organist Lonnie Smith's 1969 version combines soul-jazz and post-bop, Stanley Jordan's 1984 interpretation (which Al DiMeola produced) is jazz-rock fusion. A few of the tracks are pedestrian, but for the most part, Blue Beat demonstrates that jazz and the Beatles' songbook can be a potent, intriguing combination.

1 –Stanley Turrentine Can't Buy Me Love 00:00
2 –Stanley Jordan Eleanor Rigby 06:47
3 –Grant Green I Want To Hold Your Hand 13:50
4 –Lee Morgan Yesterday 21:11
5 –Bobby McFerrin From Me To You 26:59
6 –Stanley Turrentine Hey Jude 29:19
7 –Gil Goldstein In My Life 34:27
8 –The Three Sounds Get Back 39:00
9 –Lonnie Smith Eleanor Rigby 41:54

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