Jazz as a musical recycling mechanism
Today, Monday, Labor Day, September 5, 2011, I listened to the afternoon NPR news programs, "All Things Considered." On that program I heard about a Jazz band called Deep Blue Organ Trio, who has just released an album called "Wonderful," which is a cover of some of Stevie Wonder's greatest hits.
I think Jazz is the only musical form that takes as one of its special projects, the reinterpretation of songs from the R&B/Soul/Blues genres.
Does anybody know when and why this happened?
This happens a lot of times.
The two unique things about jazz are the improvisations and the possibilities for arrangement. Many people re-do older songs because they have their own ideas on what can be done with it. In fact, you can almost consider Blue Train and Blue Train Alternate Take two different songs because of the different solos (even though the chord changes and melodies are exactly the same).
Hope that answers your question.
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