Listening I was thinking of other jazz covers and how other top groups in the past have covered the song. Heading my list is definitely the World Saxophone Quartet's treatment on 2004's superb slice of Hendrixiana, Experience. Check it out. Sax heaven and the WSQ take it quite free through superb intertwining interplay. Check David Murray's scalding start to the freer section. The Owens trio pare things back by contrast and concentrate on superlative groove.
Go back further to 1998 and to Don Byron, a player who I'd rate as just about the world's greatest living jazz clarinetttist leader (I've seen him live a few times eg in Berlin and Cheltenham so that convinced me as of course first of all did his classic Tuskegee Experiments ), melding vocals and improvisation again in a very different treatment that has a swaying beat to it that works in a very loose way all of its own Byron wailing like no one's business. Later the tune goes into The Turtles' 'Happy Together'. SG. Charles Owens trio, top
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