A new album of non-standard standards

Bremner says: "One night I sat up in bed and asked myself, 'Why should all the jazz standards be from 1950 and earlier? What about all the great songwriters and bands from the 70's, 80's, 90's and even later??'

So I decided to start with great, great songs.

Because I figured, 'Bremner, if you need to borrow some things, make sure they are the best'. Make sure none of them is less than beautiful. Then take some ideas, some concepts: take jazz, rock and roll, poetry, crooners, take a deep night in Texas driving down a dusty road with sweet radio pouring out the open windows of migrant fieldworkers... take beautiful, ugly noise... the sound of sex, violence, the sound of hope... then whisper and croon and snarl... go looking for a flame to start a fire, go looking for a way forward through the song… and hope to end up with sharp edged, velvet lined ballads that pay homage to the past and point to the future."

The Sky Was Blue is a fun, swinging, edgy album of non-standard standards.  With masterpieces from Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Talking Heads, Velvet Underground and Ron Sexsmith going head to head with classic jazz standards.