Monday, January 18, 2016

Dylan Cover #217 The Jamie Saft Trio "Trouble"

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 tune "Trouble"

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:
Right before Shot of Love closes with it's best track, "Series Of Dreams" we get Dylan's take on "Trouble". An 80's glammed up blues walk that suffered from being crafted in a tough era for the bard. It isn't a whole lot different then say his writing for Oh Mercy, but the end result doesn't ring memorable at all. Let's put it another way, when I saw this as a cover, I had to look up the Dylan original and that is the first time it has happened in 217 covers for this series.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Up until this recently we had not heard of the Jamie Saft Trio, but with our focus this month 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:
The Trio digs deep again this week pulling out a little known track from Dylan's Shot of Love and gets a bit avant-garde with it. The other offerings this month play it pretty straight but "Trouble" adds 2 minutes to the run time and gives noisy solos to each player. Since we had forgotten the original we would have to say this cover is a step in the right direction, experimenting to spice up the source material.   

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