A trio of tributes finds jazz grooves in unlikely places
Releasing an entire album devoted to one songwriter is nothing new. But the latter part of 2011 has seen jazz groups releasing albums that cover artists not typically associated with jazz. Guitarist Bill Frisell put out “All We Are Saying. . .,’’ a disc of John Lennon tunes. Singer Giacomo Gates issued “The Revolution Will Be Jazz,’’ a CD of Gil Scott-Heron songs. And there have been other excellent examples that flew farther beneath the radar.