If the title of Eddie Gip Noble's latest album is familiar, it should be.

In 1980, "Love T.K.O." reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart, as performed by Teddy Pendergrass.

Twenty-seven years later, Noble has released his own version of the song. But instead of the soul version Pendergrass made famous, Noble's version is more in keeping with his love of jazz music.

"It was a song I wrote with Cecil Womack," Noble said. "I actually wrote the music before I met Cecil. ... He put the words to the song."

Noble himself never met Pendergrass, and it was Womack that sold the singer on the song.

"He called me from Philadelphia and said 'Teddy's going to do the song.'"

Noble has been playing the piano since he was four years old.

"I've always been around music, my dad played the piano," he said. "Where we lived in Chicago, they were always playing music outside, and I was always listening to music."

Noble moved to Hesperia from Chicago in 1995.

"A brother in law moved up here first, and I liked the area, and it was just a matter of time before I moved up here."

Long a working musician, Noble also worked at the Mall of the Victor Valley for a decade, playing the piano in the mall's food court until January of this year. Now his regular gig is playing Friday night's at Mama Carpino's Italian restaurant in Apple Valley. And that's where fans might have picked up a copy of "Love T.K.O." previously.

"It wasn't officially previously released. I just had it for sale when I performed."

But this summer, the album, complete with a new cover, was formally released, and includes an eclectic mix of jazz covers, including Burt Bacharach's "Trains & Boats & Planes." But the focus is on Noble's own songs, including the title track.

"Sometimes I wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning, and the song is in my head, he said. "My musical background is such that it gives me a little bit of flexibility to just throw some paint on the paper and see what it looks like."

Although Noble's brand of straight-ahead jazz isn't the most commercial form of jazz available today -- " The average person doesn't have time to sit down and process what they're listening to," he says -- he prefers it over the more-popular smooth jazz form.

"I like to listen to jazz, straight-ahead jazz and contemporary jazz," he said. "Straight-ahead encompasses more of the nuances of music, as well as the theory. Smooth jazz is just watered-down, so to speak."

He hopes jazz fans will warm up to his more intricate and involved album, available online as well as at his Friday night shows.

"That's the hard part, trying to create something ... that's sellable."

Eddie Gip Noble's album, "Love T.K.O.," is available from Amazon.com, CDBaby.com and via iTunes.

He performs Friday nights from 6-10 p.m. at Mama Carpino's Italian restaurant at 22010 US Highway 18, Apple Valley.

For more information, visit EddieGipNoble.com.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.