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    Posted: 16 Aug 2015 at 1:12pm
I thought I'd start a new thread about Jazz Standards - those songs that have been picked up - and picked about - by countless jazz artists over the years.

This was prompted by my playlist off the server this morning - every recording I have of Thelonius Monk's 'Round Midnight. This has assumed a bit of a "colllectors" status for me; magpie-like I gather new versions into the fold at every opportunity. Currently I'm only scraping the surface with about 20 recordings - but it's a very varied lot . . .

There's Monk of course. Monk with Gerry Mulligan's baritone. Monk with Coltrane and Davis. Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, the MJQ, Chet Baker, Carole Kidd, Art Pepper, Gil Evans. Eddie Thomson's piano disc has an alternate version with a grand opening like Monk was channelled into Bach's D minor Toccata. More unusual renditions were from The Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco (think Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt), opera singer Ute Lemper (sultry, or what!), and Zyklus.

On the Zyklus version Neil Ardley and Ian Carr assemble the theme bit by bit, with elements akin to Steve Reich minimalism. Carr's haunting trumpet combines with the electronics of Ardley making for a 'Round Midnight like no other.

Ain't jazz great!

Does anyone else collect Jazz Standards like this . . .? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jazzcatlee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2016 at 6:39pm
I don't collect recordings of jazz standards in that way. But one can't help noticing that certain songs have been highly popular with, and often recorded by, jazz artists. "Round Midnight" is one. Others are "Love for Sale," "Yesterdays," "Autumn leaves," and so on.

Which raises an interesting question. What qualities or attributes make a song attractive as a vehicle for jazz interpretation?
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MM, do you have the version by Linda Ronstadt? I like the collection with the Nelson Riddle orchestra.
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Hi all,
Jazz standards become so for two reasons, really. The first is that the melody itself is popular and memorable, having "timeless" qualities. But the second reason is more important! The harmonic progression (chord progression) provides a lot of opportunity for inventive improvisation! This makes standards of songs that might not be standards for singers, who look more for what they can do with a good lyric.
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Originally posted by Sturgus Sturgus wrote:

MM, do you have the version by Linda Ronstadt? I like the collection with the Nelson Riddle orchestra.
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No I don't have this - another one to seek out!
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