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Album Review

Cross-pollination between jazz and pop music has become something of a mini-trend in the last few years, ranging from interesting fusions and covers on smaller labels up to a high-exposure Grammy for Herbie Hancock's renditions of Joni Mitchell songs. In the same vein, Los Angeles-based sax player Tom Luer reworks a handful of major hits into easygoing West Coast modern jazz on Project Popular. This is light, airy music fresh from the cafes more than the nightclubs, and seemingly opposed to the darker material Luer chose to cover. Aside from his own excellent compositions, Pearl Jam's dark classic "Jeremy," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," and tidbits from Prince, Audioslave, and Coldplay are represented. The magic here, however, is in the skill with which the pieces are both rearranged (into light, almost happy pieces) and the skill with which the pieces are played by Luer's ensemble. Solos come only when they fit, strings dance lightly over melodic lines, and both lead and rhythm combine to find the ultimate goal — pieces that sound simultaneously entirely new due to their lightness and arrangement styles, and entirely familiar due to their essential core.

Customer Reviews

Project Popular

This is by far, the best Album I have heard in years! Tom's rendition of "Jeremy" and "Black Hole Sun" are something everyone should hear. WOW is all I can say... "Revelations" and "I'm Putting Me First" are just incredible. Please do yourself a favor and give this album a try!

Bravo Tom!

Great to hear some famous pop tunes arranged and played by Tom from his perceptive side. I personally enjoy Clocks and Black Hole Sun, although my favorite is Mind the Gap, an original written by Tom. Amazing band following him who make this CD a pleasure to listen to. Bravo Tom!

Tom Luer is the best!

Terrific Album! Great songs and beautiful playing by some of LA's greatest jazz musicians. Tom Luer is the best!. I highly recommend this album

Project Popular, Tom Luer
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 18, 2011

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