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Modern songs that should be played in jazz world?


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I'm not familiar with it as much as I'd like to, but it feels that in 20th century more songs were turned to 'jazz' compared to nowadays. E.g. cartoons, movies songs and many others.

I don't encounter this tradition in modern jazz musicians. Maybe I'm wrong and someone can point me where to look?

if you can't tell the difference, does it matter?
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There seem to be a lot of covers of Radiohead songs (most notably by Brad Mehldau.)

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People do it all the time, though maybe not as much as in the days of GASB/Standards. I have a few ideas of my own but haven't worked them out yet.

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A few years back there were a lot of 80s song turned Jazz here in Brazil. You'd hear it a lot in restaurants.

 

Everything from Michael Jackson, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, U2, Madonna, Simple Minds, Van Halen, Kim Carnes, Nena, Prince and so forth.

 

There were some 90s tunes as well, but 80s by large was the popular choice.

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I know it's not going to be of much help, but I've been working on jazzyfying Italian songs for a while now. I have included a few in my jazz records, and now I would be ready to do an entire album of this material - if only someone would help me to produce it. :freak::D

 

Italian melodic pop from the late 60s on offers a good choice of material. Of course, knowing the lyrics and the overall tone of each song helps a lot in choosing an expressive direction for reharmonization. The mood of an arrangement can go from extreme intensity:

 

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Postmodern Jukebox is pretty good for adaptations of all sorts of music into different genres.

 

 

 

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Good points! I've listened to both Mehldau and Glasper's covers before, thanks for pointing it out

 

 

To develop on a subject -- what are some songs that you thing should be performed by jazz musicians?

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