By: Concert Vault
Here's a collection of songs you'll probably recognize from the worlds of classic rock, soul and pop, played by a few of the amazing jazz artists you can find in the Vault. You can explore any performance or artist further by clicking on the info that appears in the top of the radio player, or in the Related Concerts box below.
1) Jimmy Smith, B3 Hammond organist extraordinaire, led his trio through this rendition of Ray Charles' funky gospel-fueled hit at Newport Jazz '64.
2) "Just My Imagination" was a #1 hit for the Temptations at the time of this '71 Fillmore East recording of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and his Vibration Society.
3) This sophisticated big band arrangement of the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" is from Newport Jazz '67.
4) For this '73 Newport Jazz concert hosted at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Junior Mance performed two pieces that appeared later that year on his album, "The Junior Mance Touch." Here's Al Green's #1 hit from the previous year, "Let's Stay Together." (also see track 15.)
5) Recorded at New York's Bottom Line in early 1978, Herbie Mann and his group paid homage to the Allman Brothers with this reading of "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."
6) Charlie Hunter put out an entire cover album of Bob Marley's "Natty Dread," which included this track performed at the '98 Mountain Aire Festival.
7) This Clark Terry interpretation of the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg ballad from "The Wizard of Oz" is based on a churning Afro-Cuban groove. Recorded at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall in '76.
8) "You Are My Sunshine" is an upbeat ditty penned by former Louisiana governor and country music singer Jimmie Davis. This eerie version is from the '64 Newport Jazz Festival; the tape stock unfortunately ran out before the George Russell Sextet were joined by vocalist Sheila Jordan.
9) "A Taste of Honey" was a 1960 Broadway tune which was then covered by the Beatles in '63 and became a smash hit in '65 for Herb Alpert and