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Over The Top Performances Of Standards.

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Billy Stewart, "Summertime"! It's over the top of 'over the top'.

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Always liked Sun Ra's upbeat (almost double-time), almost march-like version(s?) of "Round Midnight".

Whether they qualify as "over the top", or not - they're certainly not the norm.

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Not sure if it's "over the top," but I've always loved the exaggerations to which Sonny Rollins, Don Cherry, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins subjected "Dearly Beloved" (Kern / Mercer).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnrmxAHVOk0

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Sid Vidious singing one of everybody's lest favorite stgandards:

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Eric Dolphy / Ken McIntyre: Who's Got The Last Laugh Now

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Byard Lancaster, "Over The Rainbow."

Cecil Taylor "What's New" - although I guess it's more weightily beautiful and burning than "over the top."

Tchicai/Workman/Graves - "Everything Happens To Me" - a favorite. From the Mohawk LP.

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Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness

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My vote goes for Bill Harris and Ben Webster's "destruction" of "Just One More Chance" on Bill Harris and Friends.

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A somewhat related question -- Has there ever been an under the top performance of "You'll Never Walk Alone"? That song almost begs to be overdone.

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