Strange Arrangements & Covers


For this New Sounds, hear a string quartet that is an arrangement of a Jimi Hendrix song, along with an arrangement of the Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy," by Canadian fingerstyle guitarist Don Ross.  We'll also hear a jazz-ish band, Blue Cranes, taking on the Red House Painters, a sonata for violin and piano that is actually a Brian Wilson song, and music from the Jolly Boys.  Plus, there'll be more Jimi Hendrix covers, perhaps by Ben Verdery & Turtle Island Quartet.

PROGRAM #        3172, Strange Arrangements & Covers          (First aired on 2-18-11)                       







Galang [:30]

XL Recordings 49186 / Interscope
Available at or download from iTunes &

Vijay Iyer Trio


Galang [:45]

ACT 9489

Don Ross

Breakfast for Dogs

Crazy (Gnarls Barkley) [2:53]

Candyrat Records

Vijay Iyer Trio


Galang Trio Riot Version [2:41]

ACT 9489

Sam Amidon

Sun Salute EP 25th Anniversary Tribute to Katrina and the Waves

Walking on Sunshine (Katrina & the Waves)[3:08]

Download only from Brooklyn Vegan

The Jolly Boys featuring Albert Minott

Great Expectation

Hanging on the Telephone (Blondie/the Nerves) [3:07]

Geejam Recordings GEE 001

Turtle Island Quartet

Have You Ever Been...?

Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix/ Billy Roberts) [5:07]

Telarc 32094

Benjamin Verdery

Ride the Wind Horse

Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix) [2:28]

Newport Classic 85509, Out of print.  But the tune appears on Verdery’s “Branches”, available at

Turtle Island Quartet

Have You Ever Been...?

Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) [5:45]

See above.

Dave Soldier featuring Rebecca Cherry, violin & William Hobbs, piano

The Complete Victrola Sessions/The Violinist

Brian's Lament  (Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Park's  "Surf's Up") [5:44]


Birdsongs of the Mesozoic


Somber Reptiles (Brian Eno) [4:05]

Cuneiform Rune 35
Out of Print.  More info at:

Blue Cranes

Cantus Firmus

New Jersey (Red House Painters) [4:06]  

Ben Allison


Across the Universe (John Lennon) [5:11]

Palmetto Records PM 2101