(I Got No Kick Against) Modern Jazz

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(I Got No Kick Against) Modern Jazz
Compilation album by Various artists
Released September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)
Genre Jazz
Length 71:36
Label GRP

(I Got No Kick Against) Modern Jazz is a 1995 tribute album by various jazz artists and bands from the GRP Records label. It consists of jazz cover versions of songs originally by The Beatles.[1] The album's title comes from the lyrics of the Beatles's cover of the Chuck Berry song, "Rock and Roll Music", which was originally released on the studio album Beatles for Sale.

Critical reaction[edit]

AllMusic found most of the tracks too similar to the originals, making it "predictable and quite forgettable".[2] In contrast, BusinessWorld called it a "wonderful, delightful album" and praised it for mixing mainstream pop jazz with more adventurous sounds.[3] The Record (New Jersey) called it "timeless music played with reverence and charm"; they also noted that all the guitarists on the record were far more skilled than George Harrison.[4]

Chris Ingham praised Diana Krall's version of "And I Love Her", noting its "sultry approach" over "seven luxurious minutes" of music.[5]

Dave Grusin was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his cover of "Yesterday" on the album.[6]

Remixes[edit]

Groove Collective's "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" was released in a number of remixes for the dance floor in 1996, with The Sun (London, UK newspaper) praising Jazzmoses' take.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted. 

No. Title Performing Artist Length
1. "The Long and Winding Road"   George Benson  
2. "She's Leaving Home"   McCoy Tyner  
3. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"   Groove Collective  
4. "And I Love Her"   Diana Krall  
5. "The Fool on the Hill"   Tom Scott  
6. "Michelle"   Ramsey Lewis  
7. "A Day in the Life"   Lee Ritenour  
8. "Let It Be"   Nelson Rangell  
9. "Eleanor Rigby"   Chick Corea  
10. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Harrison) Russ Freeman  
11. "In My Life"   Spyro Gyra  
12. "Here, There and Everywhere"   David Benoit  
13. "Blackbird"   Arturo Sandoval  
14. "Yesterday"   Dave Grusin  

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (September 2, 1995). "GRP Jazzes up Beatles' Tunes". Billboard: 10. 
  2. ^ "I Got No Kick Against Modern Jazz". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Crosscurrents: Jazz goes the Beatles". BusinessWorld: 28–28. Jan 22, 1996. 
  4. ^ Fox, Ron (December 1, 1995). "GRP artists, "I Got No Kick Against Modern Jazz" (Review)". The Record (New Jersey). pp. 13–13. 
  5. ^ Ingham, Chris (2009). The Rough Guide to the Beatles. Rough Guides. 
  6. ^ "38th Annual Grammy Awards: Final Nominations". Billboard: 73–74. January 13, 1996. 
  7. ^ Mohan, Dominic (May 18, 1996). "Oh yes, ono's back on song - Dance Bizarre". The Sun (London, England). p. 13.