This isn't a new concept. Jazz players throughout history have used popular tunes of the day as a template for improvisation. That's getting more difficult now. The great composers of the "American Song Book" are all gone.I'm looking for newer stuff. I do like all the suggestions though; ear openers all of 'em.
Thanks for that walk down memory lane, JL. I got that LP when it came out and played it regularly. I was not usually fond of the modern (at the time) attempts by jazzers of taking tunes and playing them with boogaloo beats and the like, but I really liked this recording.Way back around 1970, the Jazz Crusaders did a marvelous . . . rendition of the Beatle's "Eleanor Rigby:".