Alt Classical: The Jazz Connection

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A month or so ago, I explored the “cover songs” side of alt classical music, a genre that combines the pleasures of classical music with the vitality of more modern forms. This month, I want to take a look at another side of alt-classical, this time exploring artists who have brought a jazz sensibility to some of the great compositions of all time.

Again, this is easy to do badly, but hard to do well. I present here only songs where I feel the artist has been true to the original composition while simultaneously creating something exciting and new.


First up, jazz violinist Christian Howes takes on Bach with the help of a righteous loop pedal:


Barbara Dennerlein flaunts her styles on a Hammond B3.


The luminous Regina Carter performs Faure on a Stradivarius.

Matt Herskowitz reinvents Bach (live, below, and top, on the soundtrack from Triplets of Belleville).

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