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    Is anyone else a fan of this? Or is it sacrilege?! There seemed to be a real craze for it in the 1930s and 1940s with some swing bands taking on lots of big name composers, usually with tongue firmly in cheek. Having said that, my favourite is Donald Lambert's stride piano take on Wagner from 1941.


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    I abhor that kind of thing. It's like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa, or chopping man parts off of statues. It's a sacrilege and disrespectful to the real genius: the original composer. This one is utterly contemptible:
    "It is surprising how easily one can become used to bad music" - F. Mendelssohn

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    What a marvel! Thank you

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    Uri Caine is pretty well known for this (Bach, Mahler, probably some others). Here is his take on Mahler's Songs of a Wayfare: I Went Out This Morning Over the Countryside.


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    Claude Bolling made quite a few albums.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

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    I'm a huge fan of this stuff. Sacrilege? Who cares!
    Casual composer, pianist, music enthusiast

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    Last year I picked up Blues on Bach by the Modern Jazz Quartet. And there's the Third Stream movement led by composers such as Gunther Schuller. Composer Marc Anthony Turnage has been involved in similar projects including some collaborations with John Scofield. I really like the DG disc, Scorched.
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    It's usually far more respectful than Mona Lisa's moustache. The most famous person for this was probably Jacques Loussier with mostly Bach. I tend to like it in small doses but it seems more old fashioned (60s-70s) than the real thing now.
    The MJQ Bach and Blues is more interesting, I think.
    I heard one of Caine's (Schumann or Beethoven) at a friends in the early 2000s when this stuff was brand new and detested it. It seems that for me it depends extremely on how it is done if I find it (mildly) interesting or a complete waste of resources...

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    Here is Alice Coltrane reworking Chopin. Sounds great to me...


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    There are two composers who do this very well IMO - Bernhard Lang and Scott Fields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcos View Post
    Here is Alice Coltrane reworking Chopin. Sounds great to me...

    Lol if I had to guess who this was I'd say AC in a heartbeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcos View Post
    Here is Alice Coltrane reworking Chopin. Sounds great to me...

    Way too many notes.

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    I think this one by Stan Kenton is pretty awful. But Kenton did have a Wagner complex.

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    I have a soft spot for Les Brown's take on Bizet.


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    More Bizet, from Barney Kessel:


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