(Not So) Standards

Ludovico Granvassu By

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For decades jazz standards have provided improvisers with both a vehicle and a testing ground for their creativity. In some cases they have taken more liberties than others. This week we focus on not-so-standard renditions of jazz standards, from "Take Five" to "My Favorite Things," from "Mood Indigo" to "'Round Midnight," two hours of jazz played with boundless creativity (and a good dose of humor!).

Happy listening!


  • Farmers Market "Take Five -Take 11" from Speed Balkan Boogie (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) 0:00
  • Host talks 6:38
  • Uri Caine "Cantaloupe Island" from Toys (JMT) 7:56
  • Steve Houben, Jacques Pirotton & Stephan Pougin "s'Wonderful" from We Can't Stop Loving You (Igloo) 12:36
  • Adam Benjamin "Giant Steps" from Long Gone (Kind of Blue) 18:11
  • Django Bates "New York, New York" from Winter Truce (And Home Blaze) (JMT) 20:50
  • Host talks 25:40
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk "The Entertainer (Done in the Style of the Blues)" from The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color (Rhino/Atlantic) 27:15
  • Hank Roberts "My Favorite Things" from Little Motor People (JMT) 33:16
  • John Zorn, George Lewis, Bill Frisell "Blues Blues Blues" from More News from Lulu (hatArt) 36:33
  • Roy Paci & CorLeone "Scrapple from the Apple" from Baciamo Le Mani (Viceversa) 31:14
  • Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band "Dizzy's Atmosphere" from Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band (JMT) 47:24
  • Manu Codjia, Geraldine Laurent, Christopher Marguet "A Night in Tunisia" from Looking for Parker (Bee Jazz) 50:05
  • Host talks 56:05
  • Steve Arguelles "Take Five" from Blue Moon in a Function Room (Babel Label) 58:12
  • Ran Blake "Soulville" from Horace Is Blue: A Silver Noir (hatOLOGY) 1:02:22
  • Björk "Like Someone In Love" from Debut (Elektra) 1:08:08
  • Orquestra Mahatma "I Got It Bad" from A Young Person's Guide (Babel Label) 1:12:44
  • Roy Nathanson & Anthony Coleman "Johnny Come Lately" from Lobster and Friend (Knitting Factory) 1:17:30
  • Daniel Humair "Mood Indigo" from Baby Boom II (Bee Jazz) 1:21:07
  • Host talks 1:24:59
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing "Moanin'" from Mostly Oher People Do the Killing (Self-released) 1:28:18
  • Elliott Sharp "'Round Midnight" from Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk! (Clean Feed) 1:35:31
  • Cassandra Wilson "Body and Soul" from She Who Weeps (JMT) 1:47:36
  • Joey Baron "The Girl from Ipanema Blues" from RAIsedpleasuredot (New World) 1:57:34
  • Host talks 2:00:08
  • The Kashmere Stage Band "Take Five" from Texas Thunder Soul (1968-1974) (Now Again) 2:02:59


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