Now hear this: All About That Bass – the jazz version
We know, we know — you only just got the peppy, poppy “All About that Bass” song out of your head… and here we are, trying to slip it back into your skull.
That’s because this version is different. It’s jazzy, it’s groovy, it’s retro, and is the kind of earworm you might actually thank us for introducing.
Singer Kate Davis is all about that upright bass
“The incredibly talented young performer you are watching is Kate Davis, and she’s the real deal,” says Postmodern Jukebox’s Scott Bradlee of this new take on of “All About That Bass.”
“Not only does she possess the kind of voice that will take you back to the days of Billie Holiday, but she can also shred on the upright bass.”
How can someone so young “smoke up the corners of jazz clubs with a dark voice that strolls along in a silky alto before soaring to the rafters in clear, true notes that wash over listeners like a breeze at sunset?” asked The Oregonian in 2009.
Reviewer Andy Parker immediately answers his own question, writing, “more often than not, she does it while flying along on the upright bass, her heavily-callused fingers diving and climbing through octaves of musical thoughts that intermingle with her lyrics like smoke.”
The whole Postmodern Jukebox project, of which this song is a part, is all about music in the styles of yesteryear. Says Bradlee, “Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities — just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours — and it is through this exploration that the gap between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art can be bridged most readily.”
Check out the video below, and you, too, might be hard-pressed to imagine the cadence of another era and the accompanying sassy delivery is coming not from a modern-day video, but a dark and smoky nightclub where musical genius meets minimalist aesthetic in a most unforgettable way.
Download “All About That Bass” by Postmodern Jukebox ft. Kate Davis on iTunes.