Adam Benjamin | It's a Standard, Standard, Standard, Standard World

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It's a Standard, Standard, Standard, Standard World

by Adam Benjamin

37 Jazz Standards created in MIDI with the internal sound banks of Garageband 1.0, a 2-octave controller keyboard, the Powerbook internal mike, and absolutely nothing else. You'll laugh, you'll cry -- this is one of the strangest albums you will ever hear
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. All The Things You Are
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2. Along Came Betty
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3. Autumn in New York
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4. Autumn Leaves
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5. Billie's Bounce
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6. Blue Bossa
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7. Body and Soul
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8. Body and Soul
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9. Cheryl
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10. Countdown
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11. Darn That Dream
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12. Dolphin Dance
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13. Fee Fi Fo Fum
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14. Giant Steps
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15. Green Dolphin St.
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16. How High the Moon
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17. In a Mellow Tone
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18. In a Sentimental Mood
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19. Invitation
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20. It Don't Mean a Thing
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21. Monk's Dream
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22. Monk's Mood
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23. My One and Only Love
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24. My One and Only Love
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25. Nefertiti
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26. Night and Day
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27. Oleo
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28. Ornithology
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29. Satin Doll
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30. Someday My Prince Will Come
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31. Stella By Starlight
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32. Summertime
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33. There Is No Greater Love
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34. There Will Never Be Another You
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35. Time Remembered
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36. Triste
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37. Willow Weep for Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ME : I am a serious guy. I have had a serious education in music. I have attended prestigious East Coast conservatory. I have attended hipster West Coast art school. I play the Piano which is by all accounts a quite serious instrument. I play Jazz which is AMERICA'S CLASSICAL MUSIC. I play with Kneebody which is by all accounts a quite serious band. I play with Dave Douglas who has won the Downbeat poll for Best Jazz Trumpet a lot of times, and damned if that ain't serious. [The people that vote in such polls have Beards, people. and Glasses.]

TOOLS USED TO CREATE THIS ALBUM : Macintosh Powerbook computer. Garageband Version 1.0. Oxygen-8 2-octave USB controller keyboard. Powerbook internal microphone. The body of work known as Jazz Standards.

THIS ALBUM : This is a serious album. Seriously funny !!!! No. really. This album began as a joke. Because I loved the Alto Saxophone sound in Garageband. and the Slap Bass sound. Why did I love these sounds? Because they were funny, but it turns out if you spend long enough staring right at them, they're not so funny anymore, they're actually a Thing of their own right. Then you combine them with synthesizers and reversed cymbal samples and distorted bit-reduced recordings of the powerbook internal CPU cooling fan. Then it's not funny at all, and simultaneously really funny. Then you use these tools to create terribly obscure renditions of traditional jazz standards. By now all hell has broken loose. And despite everything, the result is somehow an effective expression of what it is to be a TV-watching Graduate Student in Jazz, in America, in 2006.

ADDITIONAL REASONS TO BUY THIS ALBUM : 1) the funniest part of the album is actually the liner notes. And you cannot download them. 2) The songs are in alphabetical order. 3) Where else can you hear Someday My Prince Will Come performed by a Choir of Synthesized Slap Basses?


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MJ

Brilliant!
This CD is the musical equivalent of Duchamp's painting of the Mona Lisa with a mustache. It's a brilliant slap in the face to overplayed jazz standards.
If you don't know these standards, you might find it a little wierd. But if you have played all of these a million times like most jazz players you will find it a hilarious and refreshing remix.
This is the most creative CD I have heard in years.

richard stekol


there are no geniuses, only works of genius. this is indeed a work of genius, but what makes it eminently enjoyable is Adam's beautiful soul.

Ali Berkok

standards!?
Just when you think there's nothing left to say with these tunes, along came Betty (Adam Benjamin). This album ranges from the hilarious to the gorgeous.

jules benjamin

First album I can understand. Haven't listened to jazz since 1956.
The music sounds for itself. This guy is great. He is also very funny. He got his sense of humor from me. Apparently even half of my genes were enough to make him a genious. He loves me. I love him. I am his father.

Anna Dagmar

ADAM is a genius.
I haven't even heard it yet, and I know it's brilliant! My iTunes is taking forever to load the clip. But just glancing at the titles and descriptions tells me this album should be #1 jazz album of the year! Thank you Adam! Can't wait til the clip comes through! Argh! For everyone else, don't hesitate, get the disc!

Mike Baas

Nothing Standard About It
Some tracks reinvent the definition of jazz, others straight up mock it, and many do both at once. You'll find yourself laughing out loud one moment and then catch yourself really deep within the sound. Strangely enough, GarageBand 1.0 sounds great! It's a helluva ride and I enjoyed the jazz education. The album art and liner notes are really entertaining as well. What Adam has done here is something very singular and without equal, a work of genius.