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Herbie Hancock 3/5/1996

Review

On first glance this record would not seem to have much promise from a jazz standpoint. Herbie Hancock performs a set of tunes which include numbers from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Sade, Paul Simon, Prince, the Beatles ("Norwegian Wood") and Kurt Cobain. However by adding vamps, reharmonizing the chord structures, sometimes quickly discarding the melodies and utilizing an all-star band, Hancock was able to transform the potentially unrewarding music into creative jazz. Hancock, who sticks to acoustic piano, shows that he is still in prime form, taking quite a few fiery solos. With Michael Brecker on tenor and surprisingly effective soprano, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette and percussionist Don Alias (along with an occasional horn or string section that was dubbed in later), the results are often quite hard-swinging and certainly never predictable. Although it is doubtful that any of these songs will ever become a jazz standard, Herbie Hancock has successfully created a memorable set of "new" music. Well worth investigating. ~ Scott Yanow
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 New York Minute Herbie Hancock 8:32
  3. 2 Mercy Street Herbie Hancock 8:34
  4. 3 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [Cover] Herbie Hancock 8:2
  5. 4 When Can I See You Herbie Hancock 6:11
  6. 5 You've Got It Bad Girl Herbie Hancock 7:9
  7. 6 Love Is Stronger Than Pride Herbie Hancock 7:54
  8. 7 Scarborough Fair Herbie Hancock 8:18
  9. 8 Thieves in the Temple Herbie Hancock 7:28
  10. 9 All Apologies Herbie Hancock 5:1
  11. 10 Manhattan (Island of Lights and Love) [Live Classics] Herbie Hancock 3:59

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