If you're gonna take on a legend, tread lightly. Particularly when you put forth genre-changing arrangements to classic songs. While David Bowie did use a jazz band led by Donny McCaslin to record Blackstar, the Metropolitan Jazz Octet take on 11 Bowie classics in full jazz form, and do so successfully. Vocalist Paul Marinaro soars passionately over each song, without coming even close to trying to imitate Bowie. That freedom of expression is a big part of what makes the album as good as it is. The setlist also helps, as the band doesn't go for the obvious, even as they take on a few is the greatest hits. Including "Space Oddity" might seem obvious, but the more recent "I Would Be Your Slave" is a surprising and welcome addition. This is tribute done with love, respect, and unique expression. A quality listen.