I’m sure I could come up with a jazz cover of a rock song that seems more unlikely than this cover of Queens of the Stone Age‘s “Hanging Tree”. But it might take a while. Of course I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like it, especially as the saxophone is stating the vocal line in the first verse.
Update. OK, maybe this cover of Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun”. But I think “Hanging Tree” still wins, just because is a more obscure song.
Apparently Brad Mehldau is making something of a career of this sort of thing. Here’s him covering Radiohead‘s “Everything in its right place”. There’s a beautiful moment in it right at 2:18:
Needless to say, youtube has links to many others.