#3899: Covers – the Deep Cuts, New Sounds-Style

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Asad Ali (sitting with guitar) from the Sachal Jazz ensemble

From Georgian folksong to covers of Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite, a traditional folk song arranged by Sam Amidon, then a cover of R. Kelly by Sam Amidon, it’s all here: there’s rock, jazz, folk music of east and west, and some dance music as well for this New Sounds.

Listen to choral music of the Republic of Georgia, the striking tune, “Tsintskaro” (“At the Well”) which is part of the art-rocker Kate Bush’s song, “Hello Earth.” Then, hear the melody as arranged by the Native American flutist Robert Mirabal and the electric string quartet, ETHEL from their collaborative record, The River.

Next, hear a cover of a Qawwali (Sufi devotional music) hit tune, “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar,” by a group of studio musicians dedicated to advancing Pakistan’s classical music traditions and exploring western jazz music, the Sachal Jazz Ensemble. From the soundtrack to the documentary about them, The Song of Lahore, hear their version of said tune, called “The Sound of Wonder.”

Listen to two arrangements of music by Duke Ellington, from his 1963 collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, “Far East Suite.” Slavic Soul Party re-imagines the suite from the perspective of an Eastern European brass band discovering the exotic sounds of American jazz. Then, the Sachal Jazz Ensemble from Pakistan takes on “Blue Pepper,” from the same suite.  

Also, listen to The Bad Plus as they attack both “The Robots,” by Kraftwerk, and rearrange Peter Gabriel’s song, “Games Without Frontiers.” This latest batch of covers from this versatile trio, It’s Hard, includes music by Ornette Coleman, Prince, Johnny Cash, and TV on the Radio.

Plus, hear the Westerlies, a new music brass quartet doing the traditional folk song, “Saro,” from the arrangement by Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon. Also, hear Sam Amidon covering a song by R. Kelly, English composer Anna Meredith takes on an Erasure melody, and more. 

PROGRAM #3899, Covers – the Deep Cuts, New Sounds-Style (First Aired 09-13-2016)           

ARTIST: Kate Bush, ft. Richard Hickox Singers
WORK: Hello Earth, excerpt  [1:11]
RECORDING: Hounds of Love
SOURCE: EMI/Capitol Records 
INFO: Available for purchase at Amazon.com (physical only) or download from iTunes

ARTIST: Rustavi Choir - Ansor Erkomaishvili
WORK: Tsintskaro (Song from Kartli-Kakhetia) [4:38]
RECORDING: Mirangula - Georgian Folk Songs
SOURCE: Sony Classical #66588
INFO: Out of print. Try auction sites or Amazon.com 

ARTIST: ETHEL & Robert Mirabal
WORK: Tsintskaro Memory [3:17]
SOURCE: Innova 946
INFO: innova.mu, available on Amazon and iTunes

ARTIST: The Sachal Jazz Ensemble
WORK: The Sound of Wonder AKA Dama Dam Mast Qalandar [2:57]
RECORDING: Song of Lahore
SOURCE: Universal Music Classics B0024644
INFO: songoflahoremovie.com

ARTIST: The Bad Plus
WORK: Peter Gabriel: Games Without Frontiers [4:20]
SOURCE: Okeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks 88985 33714 2 
INFO: thebadplus.com | sonymusicmasterworks.com

ARTIST: The Sachal Jazz Ensemble
WORK: Duke Ellington: Blue Pepper (Far East of the Blues) [4:08]
RECORDING: Song of Lahore
SOURCE: Universal Music Classics B0024644
INFO: songoflahoremovie.com

ARTIST: Slavic Soul Party
WORK: Amad [5:43]
RECORDING: Duke Ellington's Far East Suite
SOURCE: Ropeadope RecordsRAD 314
INFO: slavicsoulparty.com

ARTIST: The Westerlies
WORK: Saro (trad., arr. Amidon/Muhly) [3:49]
RECORDING: The Westerlies
SOURCE: Songlines 1617
INFO: westerliesmusic.com | songlines.com

ARTIST: Sam Amidon
WORK: R Kelly: Relief [4:20]
RECORDING: I See the Sign
SOURCE: Bedroom Community Records HVALUR9
INFO: bedroomcommunity.net  OR samamidon.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: The Bad Plus
WORK: Kraftwerk: The Robots [3:30]
SOURCE: Okeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks 88985 33714 2 
INFO: thebadplus.com | sonymusicmasterworks.com

ARTIST: Anna Meredith
WORK: Air (Erasure cover, "A Little Respect") [3:40]
RECORDING: Jet Black Raider
SOURCE/INFO: annahmeredith.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Maya Beiser
WORK: Jimi Hendrix: Little Wing, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Uncovered
SOURCE: Innova 900
INFO: innova.mu