I continue to play around with next.lala.com. I've done obvious things like subscribe at 10 cents a track to the nineties recording of Philip Glass' Music in Twelve Parts. But the biggest aesthetic surprise has been stumbling over two different but interesting renditions of Gershwin's Summertime.
The first was by African musician Manu Dibango who establishes a nice groove and has a mellow take on the melody along with some tasteful brass parts.
The other one, in a way more surprising, is by actress Scarlett Johansson. This is from an album Unexpected Dreams - Songs from the Stars. While her album of Tom Waits cover songs is interesting, I haven't had the courage to listen to the songs on this album by Jeremy Irons ("To Make You Feel My Love") or Julia Louis-Dreyfuss ("The Nightshift").