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billherb
Nov 11 2012
at 4:21 PM
I’ve started a little project of gathering various cover versions of Pat Metheny songs on which artists have added their own lyrics. So far, my collection includes the following songs: ’Airstream Two’ by Perri ’Always And Forever’ by Katrine Madsen ’April Joy’ by Anja Lerch & Frank Sichmann ’As It Is’ by Jazzpartout & Anne Czichowsky ’Better Days Ahead’ by Norbert Gottschalk & Frank Haunschild ’For Better Days Ahead’ by Tom Lellis ’Better Days Ahead’, by Fleurine and Brad Mehldau ’Calling Home’ (Letter from Home) by Noa ’A Crooked Road’ (Last Train Home) by Ranee Lee ’Free’ by Kevin Mahogany ’Hermitage’ by Fábián Juli Jazz Riff ’If I Could, You Know I Would’ by Greta Matassa ’Jaco Two’ by Perri ’James’ by Frank Haunschild & Norbert Gottschalk ’Love Aloud’ (Always and Forever) by Aimée Allen ’Minuano’ by Bob Mintzer Big Band ’Minuano’ by Léah Kline ’The Road to Me’ by Holly Holmes ’September 15th’ by Mark Murphy ’Secretly Begin’ by Kevyn Lettau ’So May It Secretly Begin’ by Anne Walsh ’Something To Remind You’ by Philip Bailey ...plus the songs by Anna Marie Jopek on her album ’Upojenie’. It’s a great playlist, and it gives an interesting insight on how vocalists interpret these great songs from Pat Metheny. Does anyone know of other such songs that are missing from this list?
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hman01
Jun 23 2014
at 3:25 PM
Bookmark and Share Out of all these,Elene Dee is still the best.
billherb
Jun 23 2014
at 8:40 AM
Bookmark and Share If you’re a fan of vocal harmonies, you’re gonna love this version of "Travels" by Vertical Voices. There is a great a cappella arrangement midway through the song. Love this one! http://youtu.be/2F0brha6qZU
billherb
Jun 23 2014
at 8:36 AM
Bookmark and Share bebe, thanks. It’s good to know that others appreciate this sort of thing too. I’m sure you’re already aware that it’s Kurt Elling doing the vocal on the Bob Mintzer Big Band version of Minuano also.
bebe
Jun 22 2014
at 12:38 PM
Bookmark and Share I found Kurt Elling through this thread. It is good to see it at the top again. Now I love Kurt Elling too.
billherb
Jun 20 2014
at 11:21 AM
Bookmark and Share ...a recent discovery, Cathy Segal- Garcia’s "Her Family" from her album Bohemian is a vocalese version of "In Her Family" from (Still Life) Talking.
dremok
Jan 07 2014
at 12:22 PM
Bookmark and Share Viktoria Tolstoy - A Moment Of Now (Always And Forever)
Arlie
Jan 04 2014
at 8:41 AM
Bookmark and Share Always and Forever -- Deborah Brown; Always and Forever -- Frank Haunschild & Norbert Gottschalk; Always and Forever -- Katrine Madsen; Always and Forever -- Aimee Allen [called "Love Aloud" on her CD]; Always and Forever -- Maria Mendes [called "Olha so No Meu Olhar" on her CD]; April Joy -- Anja Lerch & Frank Sichmann; As It Is -- Jazzpartout & Anne Czichowsky; Better Days Ahead -- Burdes Jugend Jazz Orchestra; Better Days Ahead -- Norbert Gottschalk & Frank Haunschild; Better Days Ahead -- Tom Lellis [called "For Better Days Ahead" on his CD]; First Circle -- Ruben Blades; If I Could -- Greta Matassa; It’s Just Talk -- Bill Washer & Dom Ciccetti; James -- Darrell Scott; James -- The Duo; James -- Victoria Remmler; James -- Awada Mariko; Last Train Home -- Ranee Lee [called "A Crooked Road" on her CD]; Minuano -- Bob Mintzer Big Band; Minuano -- Leah Kline; The Road to You -- Holly Holmes [called "The Road to Me" on her CD]; September 15th -- The King’s Singers [medley with Keeper of the Seasons]; So May It Secretly Begin -- Anne Walsh; So May It Secretly Begin -- Kevin Lettau; So May It Secretly Begin -- New South Jazz; Something to Remind You -- Philip Bailey. All are available for download on iTunes. Enjoy
billherb
Dec 29 2013
at 1:16 PM
Bookmark and Share ...just adding songs as I discover them (for anyone keep track)... this past summer Anita Wardell released a song called ’Travels/The Road’ on her CD titled ’The Road’. The song is a vocalese version of ’Travels’ (as you might have expected).
djbinder
Jan 24 2013
at 7:37 AM
Bookmark and Share A review of Maria Mendes’ Along the Way, today at All About Jazz. Capable of plenty in the chops department, Mendes rarely displays them, so when she does - as she most certainly does on Hermeto Pascoal’s "Chorinho Pra Ele," they’re just that much more impressive. It’s largely a Brazilian/Latin program, played by the Portuguese-born, Netherlands-resident singer’s strong Dutch quartet of names that will be familiar to some who follow the scene. But there’s one notable exception; on "Olha Só No Meu Olhar," Mendes interprets Pat Metheny’s "Always and Forever," from 1992’s Secret Story, with some self-penned Portuguese lyrics. It’s a nice touch, given the guitarist’s predilections. Review here: http://j.mp/Y00FPN.
tiny_tim
Jan 23 2013
at 6:03 AM
Bookmark and Share djbinder, this sounds most interesting and look towards your review..In music Tiny Tim
billherb
Jan 21 2013
at 7:44 AM
Bookmark and Share Arlie - That’s kind of what I thought too, but I wanted to see if anyone was hearing something else. Thanks.
billherb
Jan 21 2013
at 7:33 AM
Bookmark and Share 2 more..."Prayer" by Clammbon, and "Sailboat" by Irina Zemtsova. I haven’t heard the latter yet, but "Prayer" is Inori from Tokyo Day Trip. Interesting vocal, sound like she’s in the room with you.
Arlie
Jan 13 2013
at 10:06 AM
Bookmark and Share Billherb -- I think the last line of the chorus on the "James" is ".... then the radio-man said was James Taylor".
djbinder
Jan 12 2013
at 10:47 PM
Bookmark and Share Just wrote up a review of the debut recording of Maria Mendes, a Portuguese singer, now loving in The Netherlands, who I met in Amsterdam back this past October. Along the Road features "Olha So no Meu Olhar," with Mendes’ Portuguese lyrics written to Metheny’s "Always and Forever." Simply lovely, and her harmonicist, WIm Wijkgraaf, is someone to check out - a possible torch-bearer for Toots Thielemans - as is the rest of her fine Dutch Quintet. I’ll post the review here when it’s been edited and published, looking like end of this coming week or early the following.
billherb
Jan 12 2013
at 7:43 AM
Bookmark and Share Just stumbled upon another one while listening to Norbert Gottschalk and Frank Haunschild on Spotify. They do a version of "Always and Forever" with lyrics that are different from all of the other versions listed on this thread. It’s on their album "The Art of a Duo (Favorite Songs)". It’s a good one!
hman01
Dec 10 2012
at 12:11 PM
Bookmark and Share Yeah,put a quarter in the magic fingers and that’s the kind of vibrato you get! uhUHuhUHuhUHuh
billherb
Dec 09 2012
at 5:15 PM
Bookmark and Share ztfs, thanks for the contribution to the list. I did get a chance to listen to Elene Dee’s album on Rhapsody hoping to find a song that I would want to add to my collection. Let’s just say that on a scale of 1 to 10, her vibrato is a 100.
billherb
Dec 09 2012
at 5:03 PM
Bookmark and Share Arlie, thanks for the correction. No wonder I couldn’t find it! I do agree that version of ’James’ is great. Although I’ve never been able to figure out for sure the last line of the chorus, the line after "from my head to my soul". It’s ’something something something James Taylor’. Also, are there lyrics in the version of "It’s Just Talk" that you submitted? The short audio clip on iTunes only has Pedro Aznar-style vocals with no lyrics.
Arlie
Dec 09 2012
at 10:06 AM
Bookmark and Share Correction: the version of "James" that I love so much is the one by Frank Haunschild & Norbert Gottschalk, on a CD called "The Duo". iTunes has it mislabeled.
Arlie
Dec 06 2012
at 6:14 PM
Bookmark and Share You’ve hit most of the vocal covers that I’ve been able to find, but here are a few that I don’t think have been listed yet: It’s Just Talk by Bill Washer and Dom Ciccetti; September 15th/Keeper of the Season (medley) by The King’s Singers; and James by The Duo (Natsuki Kido & Daisuke Suzuki). The latter is my personal favorite of all the Metheny/Mays covers (vocal or instrumental), I sing it all the time. And don’t forget that Anna Marie Jopek did an entire CD of covers with vocals in Polish, with lovely arrangements and Pat featured on each track. There’s a translation of all the lyrics on the Internet (I recall seeting a link to the translations in the Garage a while back, when the Jopek CD first came out). Thanks for posting this -- I’m always looking for good covers of Metheny/Mays songs.
hman01
Dec 02 2012
at 5:17 PM
Bookmark and Share "ztfs"-You keep name dropping and sending me to itunes to check out new tracks! Yma Sumac isn’t as bad.Her vibrato actually stays on the same pitch.CHA CHA CHA !!!
ztfs
Dec 02 2012
at 2:48 PM
Bookmark and Share Well, "hman01", it **is** pretty funny, isn’t it. But my first reaction was, WTH? I think I’d rather listen to Yma Sumac!
hman01
Dec 01 2012
at 11:12 AM
Bookmark and Share "ztfs"-I sampled the Elene Dee tracks on itunes. I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s that wide vibrato that has me rolling on the floor. It’s like that old cartoon character who said "Heavens to Mergatroid" who spoke with a wide vibrato,but that was a male voice,not a female voice. Let’s raise a glass to the Luanne Poovy of Metheny Vocalese !
ztfs
Nov 30 2012
at 3:23 PM
Bookmark and Share Here’s a whole album full of ’em by Elene Dee, though it’s absolutely horrible. The album’s called "When Night Turns Into Day to Metheny - Elene Dee Sings Pat Metheny".
billherb
Nov 19 2012
at 6:04 PM
Bookmark and Share Way to go Reg! I was able to find everything but Mark Murphy, so I’ll have to keep looking for that one. It’s interesting that the Ruben Blades arrangement of First Circle is pretty much a copy of the Boca Livre version. I think the Ruben Blades version is more familiar to most. Also, thanks for the tip on Deborah Brown. Looks like she wrote those "Always and Forever" lyrics which many artists have repeated since.
rbslscpa
Nov 18 2012
at 10:18 PM
Bookmark and Share Oh and Silje "This is not america"
rbslscpa
Nov 18 2012
at 9:24 PM
Bookmark and Share Finally K-Z. Isgaard "This is Not America" Rhiannon "Love of the Land" (based on Last Train Home) Peri "Travels Two" Randy Phillips "Question and Answer" The Kings Singers a song based loosely on "September 15th". Thanks for the thread, I found a few i did not have. Later, Reg
rbslscpa
Nov 17 2012
at 12:38 PM
Bookmark and Share OK "B-J". Please note not all of these are that good as mentioned by "sednaej" but here goes. Did not see mark murphy (Baby) it’s just talk; Boca Livre First circle (does this count basically Pedro Aznar scating); Randy Phillips Change of heart and Farmers trust; Perri Jaco Two. bye for now.
blisterfree
Nov 17 2012
at 1:59 AM
Bookmark and Share It could also be said that Pat’s covers of various vocal songs over the years have done more to strengthen the original works (as opposed to diminishing them). "How Insensitive" comes to mind, for one. And more than a few tracks on "What’s It All About" for some others.
billherb
Nov 16 2012
at 5:52 PM
Bookmark and Share @ sednaej: Agreed. The original versions of these songs are typically better than the cover versions with lyrics. Although I have a few favorites that I think come close to being as good as the original. Regardless, I can appreciate that a lyricist would be inspired as they listen Pat Metheny’s music.
billherb
Nov 16 2012
at 5:31 PM
Bookmark and Share @rbslscpa: Just listened to the Vocal Line version and it is outstanding! No pressure, but I’m really looking forward to B through Z!
sednaej
Nov 16 2012
at 4:42 PM
Bookmark and Share Great addition, rbslscpa. I had never heard of Vocal Line, but found this song on youtube. Beautiful arrangement and an outstanding perfomance (which btw also proves the quality of the composition once again)!
rbslscpa
Nov 15 2012
at 3:46 AM
Bookmark and Share As I get time I am going to throw out a few more cover titles in keeping with your "vocal" classification. Today going through "A". Debra Brown "Always and Forever", Vocal Line "Always and Forever’
sednaej
Nov 14 2012
at 3:36 PM
Bookmark and Share Courtesy of "RodrigoValente" I’d like to add ’Find Me In Your Dreams (En Tu Suenos) by Estrella Morente. I don’t understand a word of the lyrics, but I consider that as an advantage. This a beautiful voice conveying emotion just like the music does. "billherb", you have mentioned some very interesting performances, but i.m.h.o. in most cases the lyrics don’t make the song stronger.
billherb
Nov 12 2012
at 7:51 PM
Bookmark and Share Thanks fredsimon! Coincidentally, the version of ’Minuano’ by Bob Mintzer Big Band is also sung by Kurt Elling. Similar arrangement, but with horns.
billherb
Nov 12 2012
at 4:45 PM
Bookmark and Share These are great! One interesting note, the three listed versions of ’Better Days Ahead’ are different, each with their own unique lyrics. But all 3 coincidentally have the line ’better days ahead’ at the same place in the melody. ...almost the same lyrical interpretation from 3 different artists.
sednaej
Nov 12 2012
at 10:44 AM
Bookmark and Share I recently mentioned ’Olha so no meu Olhar’ by Maria Mendes (under subject What are you listening to now?) which is a cover of ’Always & Forever’ with portuguese lyrics.
thehague
Nov 12 2012
at 4:20 AM
Bookmark and Share First Circle by Ruben Blades is a great addition to this nice list.
fredsimon
Nov 12 2012
at 12:49 AM
Bookmark and Share Kurt Elling: Minuano, on his album Man In the Air
billherb
Nov 11 2012
at 5:17 PM
Bookmark and Share Okay, how about that list again with some semicolons! ’Airstream Two’ by Perri; ’Always And Forever’ by Katrine Madsen; ’April Joy’ by Anja Lerch & Frank Sichmann; ’As It Is’ by Jazzpartout & Anne Czichowsky; ’Better Days Ahead’ by Norbert Gottschalk & Frank Haunschild; ’For Better Days Ahead’ by Tom Lellis; ’Better Days Ahead’, by Fleurine and Brad Mehldau; ’Calling Home’ (Letter from Home) by Noa; ’A Crooked Road’ (Last Train Home) by Ranee Lee; ’Free’ by Kevin Mahogany; ’Hermitage’ by Fábián Juli Jazz Riff; ’If I Could, You Know I Would’ by Greta Matassa; ’Jaco Two’ by Perri; ’James’ by Frank Haunschild & Norbert Gottschalk; ’Love Aloud’ (Always and Forever) by Aimée Allen; ’Minuano’ by Bob Mintzer Big Band; ’Minuano’ by Léah Kline; ’The Road to Me’ by Holly Holmes; ’September 15th’ by Mark Murphy; ’Secretly Begin’ by Kevyn Lettau; ’So May It Secretly Begin’ by Anne Walsh; ’Something To Remind You’ by Philip Bailey
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