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I really don�t see what the fuss is all about
on 9 September 2002
Jacques Loussier did it first decades ago (but doesn't get a line in either The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, or Jazz, The Rough Guide in recognition), while Bill Evans, Fred Hersch (Spartacus), Miles Davis (Rodrigo) and others have done it miles better (sorry about the pun). So why all the fuss about another jazz treatment of the classics?
I listened to the CD twice and didn't return. Clever treatments, competent musicianship, but a wow! factor of zero for me I'm afraid. To misquote ex-MP Graham Bell this disc is "interesting but not important - like a skate boarding duck".
It's all harmless enough, and if it ticks your boxes fair enough. But I would like to know why it gets so much air-time on Radio 3, although the fact that it's on the Beeb's own record label probably is not unrelated.