I was listening to Smooth Jazz 24/7 today and they played Bobby Lyle’s cover of “Poinciana.”
It was written by Nat Simon with lyrics by Buddy Bernier in 1936. It’s based on “La Canción del Árbol,” a Cuban song, and has become a standard. One of the better-known covers is by jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, but there are also covers that feature the lyrics, including one by The Manhattan Transfer and the two we’re featuring in today’s battle.
The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen covered the song in 1952.
Vulfpeck Vulfpeck is a funk band founded in 2011 by four guys at the University of Michigan. They do play instruments, but in their cover they’re accompanied only by bass player Joe Dart. They have a rather unique approach to this song, one that would make Peter Frampton proud.
So, you know the drill: Listen to the two covers, decide which you like better, and vote for it by leaving me a comment telling me which you liked better and why. Then, go over to Stephen’s blog, vote in his battle, then follow the links to the other BotB participants (they’re in the right-hand column with a heading that says “‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ PARTICIPANTS”) and vote in their battles. You don’t have to be a participant to vote in these battles, and all of us would appreciate it a lot if you did. I’ll announce the winner of today’s battle next Monday, October 8, so be sure and get your votes in before then.
The lines are now open. Good luck to The Four Freshmen and Vulfpeck!