[spam] RE: [JPL] Hello and a major query

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Tue Jun 12 16:43:29 EDT 2007

I wonder if covers are the best, if most obvious approach.  Perhaps a 
cover tune might momentarily be noticed when tuning across the dial, 
but if they're a Radiohead fan, wouldn't they rather hear Radiohead 
instead of some jazz group messing with it?  If that's the case, 
they'll probably spend their time with a station that plays Radiohead 
or their iPod.

It's not exactly analogous to the Great American Songbook when a few 
composers wrote songs everybody sang and played.  Since most all pop 
groups today do their own music,  "cover band" has become a derogatory 
term used to dismiss a band as having little significance.  I wonder if 
fans of rock bands want to hear jazz covers of their favorite bands.  
Is it maybe the band's sound they're interested in and not the tunes 
per se?

On the other hand, young jazz musicians who grew up with rock might 
tend to create new original music that their peers would relate to more 
than Gershwin, Kern and Ellington - or even the Beatles, which was 
their parents'  music!

It's an interesting question, but I'm so out of touch with pop music 
from the past twenty years I wouldn't recognize most cover tunes... or 
maybe I just wouldn't remember them.   It's all new to me!    My 
younger son Barrett is the drummer in Kinski  www.kinski.net  touring 
internationally and recording for Sub-Pop.  They're just back from an 
Arena tour through the South with Tool.  I'll interview him on Father's 

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at 12:59  PM, Peter Solomon wrote:

> There are numerous folks who have covered Radiohead, a recent Chris 
> Potter
> album comes to mind.
> Darrell Grant's "Truth and reconcilliation" has tracks by Sting and 
> Sheryl
> Crow.
> I personally have had a hard time getting in to this sort of thing. I
> don't think the material holds up very well when compared to the
> song craft of American popular composers from the early twentieth 
> century.
> But I've never listened to much 90's pop so maybe I'm out of touch.
> Peter Solomon

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