The recent death of Prince has elicited a great deal of commentary about him and the many styles of music he went through over the breadth of his career. There’s no question he was comfortable with an unusually wide variety of musical families...but the following short video of a pre-concert preparation session really brings home how multitalented and versatile he was:
I’ve heard “Summertime” done in many different styles, but the above is the first time I’ve heard it done as a tune-up exercise. And even so, it’s mesmerizing.
R.I.P Prince Rogers Nelson.