Archives: Episode 20, Jazz Beatles (Part 2)

Another ‘archive’ program this week; for the summer I’ll have some of the best programs from the past two years of “Discovering Jazz” every 2nd week.

This week is one of the two episodes of Beatles music transformed into jazz.  Many of these are relatively modern recordings, such as the version of You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away by Bill Frisell, and Here Comes the Sun by Joel Harrison. Eleanor Rigby by Chick Corea and Gary Burton, and Elizabeth Shepherd’s and Michael Occhipinti’s beautiful rendition of Across the Universe.

The program begins with some very early jazz-rock fusion, as saxophonist Steve Marcus does a bizarre rendition of an equally bizarre John Lennon tune–Rain.  I then play, from the same year, Roland Kirk and his interpretation of “And I Love Her”.  Then two versions of Yesterday—one by Oscar Peterson and another by Lee Morgan.  And then some more Lee Morgan as he plays trumpet on another version of Eleanor Rigby by a group led by organist Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Many different sub-genres of jazz in this program, with very different interpretations of Beatles tunes.

I invite you to make comments on either the itunes “ratings and review” link, or my facebook page entitled “Discovering Jazz”.

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