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Beatles songs given the jazz treatment by Organissimo

Organissimo B3tles CD cover art
Organissimo's new CD is 'B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four'

There’s nothing new about cover versions of Beatles songs, but the local band Organissimo has decided to create jazzy renditions of some of your favorite Beatles tunes. It's called "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four."

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WKAR's Scott Pohl and Jim Alfredson of Organissimo (long version)

Keyboard player Jim Alfredson explains that the title comes from the Hammond B3 organ he plays on much of the record.

Alfredson says the Beatles song he most badly wanted to include on the CD was "Taxman," which opens "B3tles." "I remember as a kid puttin on 'Revolver' for the first time and hearing that countoff and that iconic bass line comes on," he explains. "I definitely wanted to do that tune, but we didn't want to do any of these songs just as straight instrumental covers. We wanted to do our own arrangements."

"On that particular one," he concludes, "I had the idea of taking that bass line, but then removing a beat, so it's actually in the time signature of 7/8 instead of 4/4. That just gave it a whole different character."

On Tuesday, Organissimo will perform at the Jazz Tuesday show at Moriarty’s Pub in Lansing, starting at 7 p.m.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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