‘Round about the same time as many versions of Monk’s classic composition ‘Round About Midnight were being recorded, in 1957, the wildly eccentric singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins recorded I Put a Spell on You. A while back I recall coming across a fascinating compilation CD with sixteen different versions of Hawkin’s classic song, ranging from Nina Simone to Georgie Fame, Brian Ferry, my own favourite guitarist, Lesley West, another by Jeff Beck with Joss Stone, and I’m sure there was one by Julie Andrews feat. Mother Theresa (I Put A Blessing On You).
Following the Miles in Amsterdam post the other day, it occurred to me it might be fun to follow-up nominations from some of the LJC posters for other interpretations of Round about Midnight, and experiment with an LJC first online poll. So here goes.
LJC goes fully interactive! Democracy swings! The Dictator has been deposed: down with LJC! it’s a Jazz Spring, time for people to go to the polls, to elect their favourite version of the National Anthem of Modern Jazz, ‘Round About Midnight. You decide. And remember, if no-one votes, the LJC holds the casting vote, the Dictator returns. And you won’t necessarily like it.
Seven party nominations on the slate, each dragged from my vinyl collection, each asking for your vote. Review their manifesto’s before making your cross:
E: The British are Coming! Lets Tea Party!: Dizzy Reece feat. Tubby Hayes from Blues in Trinity (Blue Note BN 4006) Donald Byrd Dizzy Reece (t) Terry Shannon (p) Lloyd Thompson (b) Art Taylor (d)………………………
F: The Bohemian Party: Kenny Dorham with J R Monterose from ‘Round About Midnight at the Café Bohemia Vol 1 (BN 1524) Kenny Burrell (g), Bobby Timmons (p) Sam Jones (b) Arthur Edgehill (d)
(Art Taylor?) King pressing Late Entry!
G: Let’s take the Trane Party: Miles Davis with Coltrane – Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d), John Coltrane (ts) from Miles Davis “Round About Midnight” (Philips BBL 7140) UK first release 1956 ……………..
Time’s up. Time to vote for your favourite, or nominate yet another version if you have another preference. Only one vote per voter, and no boxes stuffed with postal ballots, please, this is not a Presidential!