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Iggy Pop: Croon & Destroy

From his Stooges days to a surprising recent collaboration, the punk pioneer discusses his jazz past

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Iggy Pop (photo by Ross Halfin)
Iggy Pop (photo by Ross Halfin)

There is at least a slight news-of-the-weird element to Loneliness Road (RareNoise), the recent album from the trio of pianist Jamie Saft, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bobby Previte: The program features three vocal performances by punk architect Iggy Pop, who wrote original lyrics for prerecorded tracks and overdubbed his offerings in his hometown of Miami. It’s surprising, sure, to hear the Stooge’s artfully downcast croon punctuate a creatively swinging and lyrical piano-trio set. But it’s certainly not without precedent. Pop, 70, is a wide-ranging appreciator whose path from garage-band drummer to cosmopolitan rock-and-roll sage has intersected jazz and blues with fascinating results. What appears here is a taste of that history, with talk of the new release; his two eclectic chansons recordings, 2009’s Préliminaires and 2012’s Après; the fuzzy truth about the night the Stooges met Miles; and more. EVAN HAGA

JazzTimes: How did this recent project come about? I think a lot of people were genuinely surprised by the lineup.

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