But his comments accompanying this release belie the fact that he has revisited tunes many times, sometimes several times.
Remakes are all the rage when an artist is in their later years--they'll redo old hits with an orchestra, or re-record them (often as modern "clones," or in a different style than the originals), or do them as duets. An entire album's worth, often with a "volume two" to follow it up in a year or two. Herb never did a disco album of his TJB hits, despite that being an idea prior to recording "Rise." Instead of Under a Spanish Moon being all new works, he easily could have orchestrated his old TJB hits just to pump out another album. Yet he didn't do that either. I was going to say that he's never pulled a Rod Stewart and done a pop standards album, but if you look back at all the TJB albums, he's been reinventing pop standards all along. He just does it without the singing and the rent-a-tux.He's recorded hundreds of songs and he's done what, less a dozen remakes over the last 30 years? So I would say that the remakes are anything but "typical."
Exaclly! I get the feeling that he'll have an older melody from a past recording in his head, and gets that flash of inspiration where he thinks of a new way to present the track. In that case I don't even consider it a remake--it's a totally different tune, and he's found a different way to perform it that we haven't heard before. Like what he did with the TJB-era "Flamingo" compared to how he covered it on one of his 90s albums. Or even "A Taste of Honey" from Midnight Sun.Also, the muse has to strike...maybe Herb just hasn't found the right voice or vision for some of the stuff we'd like to hear him redo.