Top Tune of the Week

Week of November 30, 2011

The Bonebrake Syncopators - Why Try To Change Me Now

Best known as the drummer and a founding member of legendary LA punk band X, DJ Bonebrake’s musical roots run deeper than many may know. Following his groundbreaking work with such iconic punk bands as the Eyes and, most notably, X (the later of which he is still a member), DJ began to further explore his love of jazz, both classic and of the Latin variety.

With his Bonebrake Syncopators, DJ has found an outlet for his passion of jazz from the early eras, and the combo has aided in his growing rep as one of the finest vibraphonists this side of the Mississippi. Joining DJ (who’s playing the vibes) in the Syncopators are Jonathan Stout on guitar, Dave Stuckey on drums, Wally Hersom on upright bass, and Jeremy Wakefield doing double duty on this track on lap steel guitar and vocals.

Cy Coleman and his first collaborative partner, Joseph A. McCarthy, wrote several classics during their time together, but “Why Try To Change Me Now” is arguably the duo’s most beloved composition. Recorded by such crooners as Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson, soul legend Brook Benton, Jazz great Elvin Jones, and most recently Fiona Apple, “Why Try To Change Me Now” is an immortal standard – a truly timeless accompaniment to a broken heart or a hearty glass of whisky. Or, most likely, both.

We are proud to present to you – for the first time anywhere – the Syncopators’ take on “Why Try To Change Me Now”…

Visit DJ and the Syncopators on the web HERE

A video of Fiona Apple’s stunning live rendition of the song can be found HERE

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