… that Sgt. Pepper came out to play.
But not, it seems jazz, although Jimi Hendrix was an early recruit (seen here June 3rd 1967)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is credited with changing music more than any other Beatles album because it freed musicians from needing to stick to a formula. (Would Pink Floyd have recorded Dark Side of the Moon?)
These are a few of the artists who’ve included a Beatles song or two on their albums: Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald, Cassandra Wilson, Ray Charles, Gerry Mulligan, Bobby McFerrin, Avishai Cohen (the bassist), Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Erik Sondhy …
Of the four jazz albums of Beatles music we’ve uncovered, Count Basie had two: Basie Beatles Bag (1966) and Basie on the Beatles (1970), neither of which had a track for today’s non-compilation. There’s nought on Sarah Vaughan’s Songs of The Beatles (1981) nor on Bill Frisell’s All We Are Saying (2011).
We have 23 different jazz cover versions of Eleanor Rigby in the IndoJazzia Archives, but only two are Sgt. Pepper covers, both by guitarists.
So, this is Larry Coryell’s lovely version of She’s Leaving Home.
And this is Jeff Beck proving that he’s always been an incredible talent …