Smooth Jazz Artists Remake R& B Classic Songs
Is it Jazz or just an easy hook to sell CDs?
Peter White was just a few stanzas into playing his rendition of Who’s That Lady, originally written and recorded by The Isley Brothers, when I overheard a guy sitting next to me at the concert say he hates it when artists re-record R& B songs. However, the crowd loved it and so did I. But it made me wonder.
Is there anything wrong with re-interpreting a popular song? Artists in every genre do it. Didn’t Laruen Hill become an international sensation, winning a Grammy in the process by re-recording chart-topping Roberta Flack hits?
There are far too many to list here but are we better or worse off by these fabulous remakes?
Remakes by Pop Artists/Song – Original Artist
- Elvis Presley/Hound Dog – Big Momma Thornton (One of Elvis’ biggest hits)
- The Beatles/Twist and Shout – The Isley Brothers (The Brits loved the “race music” of the 50s and 60s)
- Whitney Houston/I’ll Always Love You – Dolly Parton
And the fact that these “old school” favorites raced up the Top 50 Jazz Charts, shows that fans loved strolling down memory lane with these jazz-infused remakes.
Remakes by Smooth Jazz Artists/Song – Original Artist
- Jeff Lorber/Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Chan
- Boney James/Sweet Thing – Rufus with Chaka Chan (How could either of them miss when starting with such soulful originals and Chaka’s voice?)
- Jason Miles/Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
- Kim Waters/Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye (Classic House Party Jam)
- Kurt Whalum/Give Me the Reason – Luther Vandross (We Miss You)
- Norman Brown/That’s the Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson
- Wayman Tisdale/Get Down On It – Kool and the Gang — (And when Wayman used to bang out this popular hit with his bad-ass bass, the crowd would go wild, just like they did with Peter.)
And the list of remakes goes on and on.
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Both R&B and Smooth Jazz have their roots in American Jazz. So fundamentally, they have a lot in common. But in my opinion, good music is just that, good to and for your soul. So why should Smooth Jazz artists be held to a different standard? And would it be wrong if they happen to sell a few (more) CDs in the process?
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