[spam] RE: [JPL] Hello and a major query
DPolletta at aol.com
DPolletta at aol.com
Wed Jun 13 09:28:07 EDT 2007
In a message dated 6/12/2007 4:47:01 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
jwilke123 at comcast.net writes:
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
this is the reaction that I have often had from listeners who are familiar
with the original rock or pop tunes and hear a jazz band play them. A kind of
"That's lame, a cover version. Sounds like a band at the Holiday Inn" I've
even heard it from more causal jazz fans, who are also big pop/rock fans.
"What is that? Someone covering "All Blues?"
I have had a hard time explaining to them that jazz is about personal
interpretation of the work, not the work itself. I try to tell them that jazz
doesn't really have cover versions any more than the when the Cleveland Orchestra
records Beethoven's 3rd for 145th time, they aren't "covering" him or the an
older recording they made. But many of them see it as cheap.
In addition to the lame factor, some of it may have to do with the
"sentimentality" or "nostalgia" that rock/pop creates among listeners. The kind of
feelings of "I remember the summer of 78 when "Some Girls" was released" or "I
fell in love with my first girlfriend the same time the Police were on tour
with "Synchronicity." A cover version is jarring to the feelings attached to
If you don't have a sentimental attachment or don't know the material, it
can really change your opinion. I really have enjoyed the two recordings by
the band "Jewels and Binoculars" who play the music of Dylan. For me, because
I really don't know his music that well, they were just interesting tunes.
But when I played the recordings for Dylan fans, they met with a cold
reaction. Same with Alex Skolnick. My hard rocking friends thought it was a joke.
Those who weren't familiar with the tunes, had much less problem with it.
There have been a few exceptions. Sting's "Fragile," Lonnie Smith playing
Gaye's "Trouble Man," and the Radiohead tunes seem to get very positive
reaction. (although, IIRC, drummer Matt Wilson, in a recent issue of downbeat was
already dismissive of the Radiohead repertory declaring it "passe") The two
Motown tunes on the Allen/Whitaker date were well received.
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