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Format: CD
Sku: 60350590
UPC: 731455779721
UPC 14: 00731455779721
Release Date: 10/20/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Overture (Fascinating Rhythm) ~ Herbie Hancock
2. It Ain't Necessarily So ~ Herbie Hancock
3. Man I Love, The ~ Herbie Hancock
4. Here Come De Honey Man ~ Herbie Hancock
5. St. Louis Blues - (with Stevie Wonder) ~ Herbie Hancock
6. Lullaby ~ Herbie Hancock
7. Blueberry Rhyme ~ Herbie Hancock
8. It Ain't Necessarily So (Interlude) ~ Herbie Hancock
9. Cotton Tail ~ Herbie Hancock
10. Summertime ~ Herbie Hancock
11. My Man's Gone Now ~ Herbie Hancock
12. Prelude In C# Minor ~ Herbie Hancock
13. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra In G, 2nd Movement (Ravel) ~ Herbie Hancock
14. Embraceable You ~ Herbie Hancock

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Marlon Graves; Brian Vibberts; Bruce Swedien.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Herbie Hancock; Robert Sadin.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Author: Duke Ellington.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Istvan Banyai.
Muze PNote Photographers: Robert Zukerman; James Minchin; Jimmy Katz.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Herbie Hancock; Stevie Wonder; Robert Sadin.
Muze PNote 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."

Producer: Robert Sadin; Michael Etchart; Robert Sadin

Engineer: Rob Eaton; Clark Germain; Todd Whitelock; Dave Darlington; Rob Rapley; Rob Eaton; Clark Germain; Todd Whitelock

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Chick Corea
Muze Guest Artist James Carter
Muze Guest Artist Joni Mitchell
Muze Guest Artist Kathleen Battle
Muze Guest Artist Wayne Shorter
Muze Guest Artist Kenny Garrett
Muze Guest Artist Stevie Wonder
Muze Guest Artist Eddie Henderson

Artist Overview

One of the most open-eared and forward-thinking jazz musicians of his day, Hancock has, more than just about anyone else, consistently tried to broaden the music's horizons by mixing it with the most interesting elements of contemporary pop. Hancock has consistently pushed the envelope, from his earliest days with Miles Davis to his jazz-rock fusion of the early '70s and his early embrace of synthesizers and electronic instruments, his early-'80s experiments with hip-hop and sampling, or more recently, his acoustic piano reinterpretations of songs--the new standards, in his parlance--by everyone from Don Henley to Nirvana.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Disco Dance
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits Of The 80's
Muze Music Compilations Soul Hits Of 80s
Muze Music Compilations Pieta
Muze Music Compilations Givin It Up
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music: 80's
Muze Music Compilations Awake
Muze Music Compilations Essential Jaco Pastorius
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Man Alive
Muze Music Compilations Impressions

Associated Artists and Works

Brown, James
Corea, Chick
Ears, Rabbit
Elias, Eliane
Elias, Eliane (Piano)
Eric Dolphy Quintet
Green, Grant
Hampton, Lionel
Heath, Albert "Tootie"
Jones, Quincy
Mandingo (Latin)
McBride, Christian
Original Soundtrack
Rabbit Ears
Hancock Island: The Music Of Herbie Hancock ~ White, Lenny

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/12/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5577972
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731455779721

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..."

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