In this amazing recording, Robert Glasper covers Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady.” If what I’ve posted about Glasper hasn’t gotten you’re attention yet, then this surely will. The recording, aesthetic, and most importantly, the playing, makes this video a constant return for me.
Often, the easiest way for listeners to appreciate Jazz music is to listen to interpretations of popular songs. Essentially, this could be seen as a main reason for the use of standards in the highly intellectual and virtuosic performances of bebop musicians in the 40s’ – present.
Using the familiarity of the original pop song and comparing it to Glasper’s interpretation, the use of new harmonies, inventive rhythmic concepts and the overall uniqueness of the arrangement for piano and bass are more easily visible.
This is the original version
Now for Glasper’s Version