There are two things I've always avoided in my explorations of the music. Beatles covers and Christmas jazz. But lately, I've noticed that Beatle jazz has been accumulating in the collection and I'm having a hard time ignoring it. So tonight, let's explore a bunch of Lennon/McCartney tunes as well as other pop tunes of the '60s, '70s and '80s as interpreted along the Jazz Continuum.
Thelonious Monk "Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 00:30
Ramsey Lewis "Rocky Raccoon" from Mother Nature's Son (Cadet) 02:30
Ramsey Lewis "Dear Prudence" from Mother Nature's Son (Cadet) 05:09
Ramsey Lewis "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey " from Mother Nature's Son (Cadet) 10:04
Charles Kynard "Superstition" from Your Mama Don't Dance (Mainstream Records) 14:18
Les McCann "What's Going On" from Talk To The People (Atlantic) 19:12
Count Basie and His Orchestra "MIchelle" from Basie's Beatle Bag (Verve Records) 27:31
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra "All My Loving" from Ellington '66 (Reprise Records) 30:15
Dr. Lonnie Smith "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" from All in My Mind (Blue Note) 33:33
Kahil El'Zabar "Express Yourself" from America the Beautiful (Spiritmuse Records) 44:01
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