Gershwin's World CD (1998)

Artist: Herbie Hancock

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Label Uni/verve
SKU 60350590
UPC 731455779721
UPC 14 00731455779721
Format CD
Release Date 10/20/1998
Author Herbie Hancock
Associated Artist/Work Brown, James
Associated Artist/Work Corea, Chick
Associated Artist/Work Ears, Rabbit
Associated Artist/Work Elias
Associated Artist/Work Elias, Eliane
Associated Artist/Work Elias, Eliane (Piano)
Associated Artist/Work Eric Dolphy Quintet
Associated Artist/Work Green, Grant
Associated Artist/Work Hampton, Lionel
Associated Artist/Work Heath, Albert "Tootie"
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Quincy
Associated Artist/Work Mandingo (Latin)
Associated Artist/Work McBride, Christian
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Rabbit Ears
Associated Artist/Work White, Lenny
Artist Influence Ahmad Jamal
Artist Influence Barry Harris (Piano)
Artist Influence Bill Evans (Piano)
Artist Influence Bud Powell
Artist Influence Cedar Walton
Artist Influence Chris Anderson (Jazz)
Artist Influence Claude Debussy
Artist Influence Earl Hines
Artist Influence Elmo Hope
Artist Influence George Gershwin
Artist Influence Horace Silver
Artist Influence Igor Stravinsky (Composer)
Artist Influence Maurice Ravel (Composer)
Artist Influence McCoy Tyner
Artist Influence Miles Davis
Artist Influence Oscar Peterson
Artist Influence Red Garland
Artist Influence Sun Ra
Artist Influence Thelonious Monk
Artist Influence Tommy Flanagan
Artist Influence Wynton Kelly
Artist Contemporary Abdullah Ibrahim
Artist Contemporary Ahmad Jamal
Artist Contemporary Andrew Hill
Artist Contemporary Bill Evans (Piano)
Artist Contemporary Billy Cobham
Artist Contemporary Chick Corea
Artist Contemporary Cyrus Chestnut
Artist Contemporary Dave Brubeck
Artist Contemporary Freddie Hubbard
Artist Contemporary George Cables
Artist Contemporary George Duke
Artist Contemporary George Russell
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Smith (Organ)
Artist Contemporary Joe Zawinul
Artist Contemporary John McLaughlin
Artist Contemporary Keith Jarrett
Artist Contemporary Larry Young
Artist Contemporary Lonnie Liston Smith
Artist Contemporary McCoy Tyner
Artist Contemporary Michel Petrucciani
Artist Contemporary Miles Davis
Artist Contemporary Mulgrew Miller
Artist Contemporary Oscar Peterson
Artist Contemporary Phineas Newborn, Jr.
Artist Contemporary Ramsey Lewis
Artist Contemporary Robert Glasper (Piano)
Artist Contemporary Ron Carter (Bass)
Artist Contemporary Stanley Clarke (Double Bass)
Artist Contemporary The Headhunters
Artist Contemporary Weather Report
Artist Follower Bill Charlap
Artist Follower Cyrus Chestnut
Artist Follower Donald Brown (Piano)
Artist Follower Eliane Elias (Piano)
Artist Follower Fred Hersch
Artist Follower Geri Allen (Piano)
Artist Follower Greg Phillinganes
Artist Follower Kevin Hays
Artist Follower Lyle Mays (Piano)
Artist Follower Marcus Roberts
Artist Follower Mulgrew Miller
Artist Follower Renee Rosnes
Artist Follower Robert Glasper (Piano)
Artist Follower Robert Glasper Experiment
Artist Follower Rodney Kendrick
Artist Follower Tom Coster
Technical Info
Engineer Rob Eaton; Clark Germain; Todd Whitelock; Dave Darlington; Rob Rapley; Rob Eaton; Clark Germain; Todd Whitelock
Producer Robert Sadin; Michael Etchart; Robert Sadin
CatalogID 5577972
Lable Name Verve
Released 10/12/1998
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 8s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731455779721
Musical Guests
Chick Corea
James Carter
Joni Mitchell
Kathleen Battle
Wayne Shorter
Kenny Garrett
Stevie Wonder
Eddie Henderson
Album Notes and Credits
GERSHWIN'S WORLD won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group. "St. Louis Blues" won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s).
Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano, organ); Herbie Hancock; Bakithi Kumalo (guitar, bass instrument); Eriko Sato , Eric Wyrick, Renee Jolles, Asmira Woodward-Page, Richard Rood, Ellen Payne, Clavin Wiersman, Ronnie Bauch, Naoko Tanaka, Martha Caplin, Catherine Cho, Jennifer Frautschi, Joanna Jenner, Todd Phillips, Peter Winograd, Nicolas Danielson (violin); Toby Appel, Katherine Murdock, Ahling Neu, Nardo Poy, Sarah Clarke, Karen Dreyfus (viola); Susannah Chapman, Melissa Meel, Mina Smith (cello); Elizabeth Mann (flute); Charles Neidich (clarinet, e flat clarinet); David Singer (clarinet); Brian Greene (oboe); Matthew Dine (English horn); Cynde Iverson, Michael Finn (bassoon); Chris Komer, William Purvis (horns); Ira Coleman, Alex Al (bass instrument); Gene Jackson (drums); Madou Dembelle (djembe); Cyro Bapista, Bireyma Guiye (percussion); Robert Sadin (programming, drum programming, percussion programming); Kathleen Battle (vocals, soprano); Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica); Joni Mitchell (vocals); Marlon Graves (guitar, percussion); Charles Curtis (cello); James Carter , Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kenny Garrett (alto saxophone); Eddie Henderson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chick Corea (piano); Terri Lyne Carrington (drums); Massamba Diop (talking drum); Cyro Baptista, Cheik Mbaye (percussion); Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Audio Mixers: Marlon Graves; Brian Vibberts; Bruce Swedien.
Liner Note Authors: Herbie Hancock; Robert Sadin.
Recording information: HIt Factory (03/1998-06/1998); Master A Work Studios (03/1998-06/1998); Masters At Work Studios (03/1998-06/1998); Ocean Way Recording (03/1998-06/1998); O'Henry Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/1998-06/1998); Right Track Recording (03/1998-06/1998); RPM Sound Studios, New York, NY (03/1998-06/1998); RPM Studios, NY (03/1998-06/1998); sony Music Studios (03/1998-06/1998); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (03/1998-06/1998).
Author: Duke Ellington.
Illustrator: Istvan Banyai.
Photographers: Robert Zukerman; James Minchin; Jimmy Katz.
Arrangers: Herbie Hancock; Stevie Wonder; Robert Sadin.
The epitome of a 20th Century musician, Herbie Hancock has always traversed wildly divergent stylistic paths, finding his way easily into jazz, funk, fusion, dance-pop and more. His ability to make valid individual statements in all these genres is part of what makes his compositions and performances so rich. So it doesn't seem at all incongrous for Hancock to interpret the work of George Gershwin, redefining much of the Gershwin canon in the process (with assistance from some world-class compatriots). Hancock's stated aim for GERSHWIN'S WORLD is to get inside the pieces, illustrating their essence rather than knocking off rote versions of these standards. Towards that end, "St. Louis Blues" is transmogrified by the soulful vocals and funky chromatic harmonica of Stevie Wonder; "It Ain't Necessarily So" becomes an ominous, angular jazz vamp, with saxmen James Carter and Kenny Garret trading arch, sly interjections. Another genre-buster, Joni Mitchell, makes a case for a potential career as a jazz vocalist via her performance on "The Man I Love" and "Summertime."
Artist Overview
Pianist Herbie Hancock is among the most influential, forward-thinking figures in popular music. He has topped charts in jazz, pop and R&B in six consecutive decades. In the 1960s he recorded for Blue Note as a leader, joined the Miles Davis Quintet, and contributed to the trumpeter's early electric jazz experiments. Hancock's early embrace of synths and electronic keyboards led to 1973's classic Head Hunters album, the clarion call for jazz-funk. He controversially embraced disco only a few years later. In the 1980s and '90s he experimented with hip-hop, sampling, and global music. Through it all he continued to play jazz, solo and in groups. During the 21st century, his acoustic jazz readings of pop tunes helped to create a new American standards book. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/9/98, p.85) - "...Herbie Hancock's striking tribute runs deeper and wider than most, clearly revealing Gershwin's cross-stylistic imprint, from jazz to pop to classical...a feat Hancock is familiar with--and adding snippets of Ellingtonia and other seminal jazz references for historical resonance..." - Rating: A-
The Wire (1/99, pp.51-2) - "...the album works, mainly because old rogue Hancock is copping the latest trends injazz rhythm....Hancock is totally at ease...playing pleasantly clanging chords, his sophisticated timing and dissonance signalling a pert intelligence..."
Rap Pages (5/99, p.146) - 4 (out of 5) - "...Hancock has always been one to do what he wants're liable to find Hancock stretching out in just about every direction you can think of..."
Disc 1
1 Overture (Fascinating Rhythm)
2 It Ain't Necessarily So
3 Man I Love, The
4 Here Come De Honey Man
5 St. Louis Blues - (with Stevie Wonder)
6 Lullaby
7 Blueberry Rhyme
8 It Ain't Necessarily So (Interlude)
9 Cotton Tail
10 Summertime
11 My Man's Gone Now
12 Prelude In C# Minor
13 Concerto For Piano And Orchestra In G, 2nd Movement (Ravel)
14 Embraceable You

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