Please check out a playlist of covers of jazz standards I’ve done, all via SoundCloud:
This is my new arrangement and recording of the 50′s heart-breaker, Cry Me a River.
It was written by Arthur Hamilton and first published in 1953, and made famous in the version by Julie London, 1955.
A jazzy blues ballad, “Cry Me a River” was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the 1920s-set film, Pete Kelly’s Blues (released 1955), but the song was dropped. Fitzgerald first released a recording of the song on Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! in 1961. The song’s first release was by actress/singer Julie London in 1955, backed by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass. A performance of the song by London in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It helped to make it a bestseller.
This is a clip of the original Julie London hit as featured in the movie:
A somewhat different version was a staple of Joe Cocker on his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour:
This recording is of my new arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s classic tune. I hope you dig it and please share!
Well, once I get a little momentum, I sometimes can keep it going. This weekend I wrote, arranged and recorded this number. It does feel good to be generating material again.
Here I have a cover of George Harrison’s “Taxman”, from the 1966 Beatles’ album “Revolver”.
One of the things I like to do is take a jazz standard an put it over a rock feel. That’s what we have here; Sonny Rollins classic “Pent-up House” done rock-style.