by Dave Segal
on Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM
(Egan's Ballard Jam House) In the '60s and early '70s, it seemed as if the music industry had mandated that every artist had to cover at least one Beatles song per album. Seattle's Overton Berry Trio performed their share of 'em, but they outdid themselves—and damn near everyone else who attempted a Fab Four tune—with "Hey Jude." OBT's instrumental version adds lovely, spiritual piano filigree courtesy of Mr. Berry, and the whole thing ascends to a "hallelujah!"-inducing level of sublimity. Of course, Overton Berry Trio is about more than just dazzling Beatles interpretations. They're also a supremely elegant soul-jazz combo that can extemporize on several musical tropes, making fluff like "Aquarius" and cuts from Jesus Christ Superstar sound substantial. Check out Light in the Attic's excellent reissue of T.O.B.E./At Seattle's Doubletree Inn for proof.