Jazz Covers Rock: The New Standards

The Brad Mehldau Trio. (Courtesy of the artist)
The Brad Mehldau Trio. (Courtesy of the artist)

Virtually every band plays a few cover songs. Some play nothing but. In the jazz world, the term "jazz standard" is code for a classic song that's been covered many times by many artists over the course of many years.

The five artists heard here break away from covering standards and turn their attention to jazz covers of modern-day fare: Judas Priest, Radiohead, Aphex Twin, Bjork and Elliott Smith. The results are respectful but not overly reverent; some may even unlock new jazz standards for future generations.

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