Standard Deviation, Wayne Alpern
Hip, sophisticated, instrumental jazz arrangements by Wayne Alpern of contemporary rock, pop, and country songs originally performed by Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Journey, Temptations, Zombies, Four Seasons, Bobbie Gentry, Katy Perry, and Gotye.
Standard Deviation, the second album by composer/arranger Wayne Alpern, builds upon the critical success of his first release, Skeleton, and once again takes well-known contemporary popular songs and treats them as modern jazz standards for instrumental interpretation and arrangement utilizing sophisticated classical compositional techniques.
These are more in the nature of rearrangements than typical arrangements. They illustrate Alpern’s aesthetic credo of deviation from the norms of conventional musical categories and synthesizing them at a higher level of post-genre music. Without deviation, as Frank Zappa said, progress is impossible. Come take the leap.