BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Stolen Moments” Results


The song in my most recent BotB was the jazz standard “Stolen Moments.” I offered two performances, one by Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Andreas Varady, the other by the Brownman Electryc Trio. The votes are in, and here’s the result.

Ritenour/Grusin/Varady: 11
Brownman Electryc Trio: 4

I do have to apologize to Birgit and other Canadian voters that the Brownman version didn’t play in Canada. Debbie from The Doglady’s Den (whose blog everyone needs to read) found an alternate version here for anyone who couldn’t play it on YouTube. Sorry about that!

This was more or less a blowout, but at least Brownman and his trio didn’t get shut out. Stephen T. McCarthy, one of the founders of BotB, said that, had I matched Phil Woods against Ritenour and crew, it would have been harder to choose between the two. Which is why I didn’t include Phil in the battle. I had flirted with the idea of matching all three, but this was a long song, and I’ve been cautioned against doing that.

Congratulations to Lee, Dave, and Andreas, and a pat on the back to Brownman for a job well done.

The next Battle of the Bands will be next Thursday, October 15, 2015. See you then!


Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

7 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Stolen Moments” Results”

  1. This is the outcome that I expected. The Brownman version was well done, but the other version was more “acceptable” to most ears I think. Not a bad contest though.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


    1. There’s a lot of Woods’ music on YouTube; some of it is highly “out there,” but there’s quite a bit more like “Stolen Moments.” One of Mary’s knitting “heroes” is Meg Swansen (the daughter of Elizabeth Zimmermann, the knitting instructor and author practically every knitter knows); Meg’s husband Chris was at one time one of Phil’s sidemen. Phil’s an interesting guy. He was married to Charlie Parker’s widow Chan for a time….


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