New Vocal Standards in Jazz
by Nate Cavalieri | March 1, 2012
In the great tradition of begging, borrowing and stealing from across popular genres, the young class of modern jazz singers has expanded the canon of standards to include classic rock, indie songwriters and new originals. This playlist offers tunes from the hands of Joni Mitchell, Simply Red, Elliott Smith and The Beatles by a fresh group of jazz singers that includes Esperanza Spalding, Madeleine Peyroux and Gretchen Parlato. It might be Kurt Elling's adventurous, inventive, slightly off-kilter take on the Joe Jackson classic "Steppin' Out"t hat's most emblematic: by breaking all the rules, Elling reintroduces us to an old favorite.