So James, who was guitarist in one of the three bands I ever took part in, posted this to his Facebook. It’s Stanley Jordan, who can play both the guitar and the piano…and it appears he can do so at the same time. Which means he’s disgustingly talented. But I dig this Miles Davis cover anyway. (We posted the original played live on The Steve Allen Show from 1964 here.)
And, of course, I had to go see who else had covered this. Because I can’t just post one video these days, now can I? I mean, I could, but where’s the fun in that? So I culled through a veritable slew and a half of cover versions–and here are the ones I found most entertaining…
Here’s a group called the G Strings with their take on it. What can I say? I’m a sucker for stringed instruments.
And guitarist Kenny Burrell:
This version is interesting just to see it driven from the drum kit by Buddy Rich.
Here’s an interesting version: Stevie Wonder live, doing the Miles part on harmonica. The video is crap, so don’t watch. It’ll make you motion sick. You’ve been warned.
And another interesting take: Jim Hession doing the thing solo on piano. Definitely unorthodox. But impressive.
And last but not least…how can we resist Herbie Hancock, here playing opposite Friedrich Gulda? Sort of ridiculously smooth, this one: