Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Stolen Moments” Results

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

The song in my most recent BotB was the jazz standard “Stolen Moments.” I offered two performances, one by Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Andreas Varady, the other by the Brownman Electryc Trio. The votes are in, and here’s the result.

Ritenour/Grusin/Varady: 11
Brownman Electryc Trio: 4

I do have to apologize to Birgit and other Canadian voters that the Brownman version didn’t play in Canada. Debbie from The Doglady’s Den (whose blog everyone needs to read) found an alternate version here for anyone who couldn’t play it on YouTube. Sorry about that!

This was more or less a blowout, but at least Brownman and his trio didn’t get shut out. Stephen T. McCarthy, one of the founders of BotB, said that, had I matched Phil Woods against Ritenour and crew, it would have been harder to choose between the two. Which is why I didn’t include Phil in the battle. I had flirted with the idea of matching all three, but this was a long song, and I’ve been cautioned against doing that.

Congratulations to Lee, Dave, and Andreas, and a pat on the back to Brownman for a job well done.

The next Battle of the Bands will be next Thursday, October 15, 2015. See you then!




from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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