Last week’s battle asked whether Tito Puente and his Orchestra or Al Jarreau did a better version of Paul Desmond’s 5/4 jazz classic “Take Five.” The results are in, and here’s how you voted:
Tito Puente: 8
Al Jarreau: 3
The consensus seemed to be that Al’s version, with the scat singing and syncopation, took some time to get used to, and at least one person had a hard time listening to the end. The people who liked the vocal really liked it. Both are excellent performances. The one abstention was from Ally, who said she had no opinion because she was “a Brubeck sort of girl.” I think we can all agree the definitive version was by the Brubeck Quartet. But that’s part of the fun of doing this: hearing different versions of classic songs and choosing which you like better.
Congratulations to Tito Puente and a pat on the back to Al Jarreau. Be back here in ten days for the next Battle of the Bands!