Today is unofficial Star Wars Day () we get to play all sorts of music from the franchise – including this delightful jazz piece from Casey Abrams and Jacob Scesney, created despite the limitations of the current COVID-19 lockdown.
It’s one of the more iconic tracks from the original Star Wars sound track album, released in June 1977 to a world breathlessly awaiting the music from what had suddenly become the entire planet’s favorite film. It stood out because it was the only piece of diegetic, or “in scene” music on the album, and showed composer John Williams’ whimsical side in stark relief to the seriousness of the rest of the compositions.
May the 4th Be With Youis a pun originated by first emerged in the mainstream pop culture on May 4, 1979 by newly elected UK PM Margaret Thatcher – the real Star Wars Day is May 25th, the date in 1977 on which Star Wars was released
The rendition is more than just a slavish recreation. Abrams and Scesney are master musicians, and add some real jazz artistry to the tune and uplift it well beyond expectation.
Will you hear this new cover of the Cantina Band music on SCIFI.radio as part of our regular Star Wars content from this day forward?
Yes. Yes, you will.