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Nirvana, Radiohead Songs On Their Way To Becoming Jazz Standards

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Robert Glasper doesn’t want to be confined by musical genres. He’s a talented jazz musician, but he’s tired of replaying the old standards from the 1950s and 60s.

Instead,he’s turned to complicated modern pop songs that inspired him as a kid. “Jazz takes from its surroundings and makes something new," he explains. "It’s like a casserole.” Glaser hopes to turn a few of those pop songs into jazz standards, much like John Coltrane did with the once underappreciated Julie Andrews song, “My Favorite Things.”

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