Gershwin's World CD (2004)

Artist: Herbie Hancock

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Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 61703322
UPC 602498610060
UPC 14 00602498610060
Format CD
Release Date 11/9/2004
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Author Herbie Hancock
Compilation Appearance Twist Of Jobim
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Compilation Appearance Soul Hits Of 80s
Compilation Appearance Pieta
Compilation Appearance Man Alive
Compilation Appearance Givin It Up
Compilation Appearance Awake
Compilation Appearance Essential Jaco Pastorius
Compilation Appearance Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Music: 80's
Compilation Appearance Soul Sauce!
Compilation Appearance Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Compilation Appearance Gershwin's World
Compilation Appearance Icon:best Of Blue Note
Compilation Appearance Impressions
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
Technical Info
Engineer Rob Eaton; Clark Germain; Todd Whitelock
Producer Robert Sadin
CatalogID 9861006
Lable Name Verve
Released 11/09/2004
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 15s
Mono/Stereo Multi
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498610060
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); Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica); Joni Mitchell, Kathleen Battle (vocals); Bakithi Kumalo (guitar, bass instrument); Marlon Graves (guitar, percussion); Charles Curtis (cello); James Carter , Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kenny Garrett (alto saxophone); Eddie Henderson (trumpet); Chick Corea (piano); Ira Coleman, Alex Al (bass instrument); Terri Lyne Carrington (drums); Massamba Diop (talking drum); Madou Dembelle (djembe); Cyro Baptista, Bireyma Guiye, Cheik Mbaye (percussion); Robert Sadin (programming); Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Liner Note Author: 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."
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 musically....you'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
Product Attributes
Artist Hancock,Herbie
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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