Monday, January 11, 2016

Dylan Cover #216 The Jamie Saft Trio "Living The Blues"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by The Jamie Saft Trio of the Dylan song "Living The Blues"

It is Jazzy January here at RtBE and that is flowing into our Monday Dylan Cover Series as we look at four covers from The Jamie Saft Trio who put a jazz twist on the Bard's Catalog.  

Thoughts On Original:
"Living The Blues" comes from Dylans Self Portrait album which has recently been more in focus as the Bootleg Series tackled outtakes of these sessions adding another layer to Dylan's History. Originally this track was a lighthearted piano/guitar walk through a blues tune, and it wasn't a focus of any of the recently released outtakes. The track was sung in his Nashville Skyline, vocal style complete with background vocals, and felt as if it was a cover track when it was first heard. It shows Dylan's multiple layers, if nothing earth shattering it is pleasent. You can hear it yourself, I am not sure why the weird video is attached to it though...    

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Up until this month we had not heard of the Jamie Saft Trio, but with our focus on the group here is a little something about them. Comprised of Jamie Saft on Piano, Ben Perowsky on Drums and Greg Cohen on Bass the group is an acoustic Jazz trio who have produced 2 releases, the one we are focusing on this month of Dylan covers and Astaroth- the Jamie Saft Trio Plays Masada Book II.
Thoughts on Cover:
A fine cover that slows things down and easily strolls around with vocals by Antony and a focus on Cohen's bass. A sweet take on an a very deep cut of Dylan's that originally felt like a throwaway track but in the trio (plus vocalists) hands, it gains some substance. 

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