Monday, January 8, 2018

Dylan Cover #308 Marty Ehrlich "Blind Willie McTell"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Marty Ehrlich playing "Blind Willie McTell"

Jazzy January has invade Mondays! All this month we will check out various artists covering Dylan in a Jazz vibe, can you dig it daddy-o? 

Thoughts on Dylan's Original: 
(From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune)
Ahh the forgotten masterpiece.  This is the song that confirms that Dylan's outtakes are better then most artists best efforts.  Left off of Infidels and to this day only Dylan himself knows why, it was discovered by most via the amazing Bootleg Series 1-3.  There are few better then this haunting jaunt through East Texas, and including it on the 83 record would have solidified a mixed release.  The lyrics seem to burn into your ears as the playing is up to the task as well.  Gorgeous all over.


Thoughts on Cover Artist: 
The Saxophonist/Clarinetist Marty Ehrlich has played with a host of advant garde Jazz greats, adding excellent lines to lots of styles. He has lead bands and worked as a sideman, ppaying with everyone from Marc Ribot to Bobby Previte to Anthony Braxton

Thoughts on Cover:
While we weren't that high on our first Jazzy Jan cover of Dylan, we couldn't be happier listening to this one. While granted it isn't wildly experimental, it manages to be slightly daring while keeping the haunting spirit of the excellent original. A great cover.  

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