Y’know, in hiphop you use samples; in jazz, we play standards. They take old records, flip ’em, turn ’em into new songs; well in jazz, that happened to showtunes, we flipped ’em and turned them into new songs.2
Standards could be canonical (My Favorite Things)3 or non-canonical (chosen by the members from a mutually agreed pool).
A version of My Favorite Things was performed by the John Coltrane quartet on his 1961 album of the same name. The song becomes a standard, played by many jazz artists in many different versions over the years.
Only such works as are familiar to several members are eligible for this category…a particle could be: a page of score, a page or more of the part for one instrument or voice, a page of an arrangement, athematic analysis, a gramophone record etc.4
Cardew suggested particles might be drawn from Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bach, Cage, Brahms, Schoenberg etc.
Particles that a pub rock band might draw on: Mustang Sally, Brown Sugar, Wild Thing, Wild Thing etc.
Particles that a punk rock wedding covers band might draw on: Blitzkrieg Bop, Pretty Vacant, London’s Burning, Neat Neat Neat, Fight For Your Right etc.
What are your standards?
What should my standards be?
1 Or, Songbook.
2 Kamasi Washington in Wire issue 381
3 Rodgers & Hammerstein (1959)
4 From A Scratch Orchestra: Draft Constitution by Cornelius Cardew (1972 edition)