Herbie Hancock – Gershwin’s World {Verve}_24bit88kHz

Herbie Hancock – Gershwin’s World {Verve}_24bit88kHz

Contemporary Jazz

24bit/88.2kHz, FLAC tracks, Full artwork

1,20 GB

AllMusic Review by Jim Newsom

Gershwin’s World is a tour de force for Herbie Hancock, transcending genre and label, and ranking among the finest recordings of his lengthy career. Released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin’s birth, this disc features jazzman Hancock with a classy collection of special guests. The most surprising of Hancock’s guest stars is Joni Mitchell, who delivers a gorgeously sensual vocal on “The Man I Love,” then provides an airy, worldly take on “Summertime.” On these two tracks, she shows she has come a long way from her folksinger beginnings to become a first-class jazz singer in her own right.

Stevie Wonder’s unmistakable harmonica complements Mitchell’s singing on “Summertime” and shares lead instrument space with his own voice on the W.C. Handy classic “St. Louis Blues.” Jazzman extraordinaire Wayne Shorter smokes a solo spot on Duke Ellington’s “Cotton Tail” and carves out some space for his soprano saxophone in the midst of “Summertime.” A number of the young lions of jazz are featured on various cuts, and Herbie’s old pal Chick Corea joins the leader for a piano duet of James P. Johnson’s “Blueberry Rhyme.” Gershwin’s wonderful, extended “Lullaby” finds Hancock teamed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as does an attractive arrangement of a “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” by Maurice Ravel, whose jazz influence can be heard on the piece.

In addition, one of the most beautiful tracks on the album places star soprano Kathleen Battle’s voice at the forefront of Gershwin’s own “Prelude in C# Minor.” Yet with all the fine performances by his guests, Gershwin’s World remains Hancock’s show, and he plays magnificently throughout. From beautiful to funky, percussive to melodic, improvisational to tightly arranged, Hancock and cohorts take a wondrous journey through the music and world of Gershwin.

Tracklist:
01. Overture (Fascinating Rhythm) (0:56)
02. It ain’t Necessarily So (4:47)
03. The Man I Love (5:57)
04. Here Come De Honey Man (3:59)
05. St. Louis Blues (5:51)
06. Lullaby (11:03)
07. Blueberry Rhyme (3:31)
08. It ain’t Necessarily So (Interlude) (1:25)
09. Cotton Tail (4:44)
10. Summertime (4:38)
11. My Man’s Gone Now (1:56)
12. Prelude in C# Minor (4:46)
13. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G, 2nd Mvt. (9:12)
14. Embraceable You (4:39)

Personnel:
Herbie Hancock – piano, organ
Chick Corea – piano
Eddie Henderson – trumpet
Kenny Garrett – alto saxophone
Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
James Carter – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Marlon Graves – guitar
Joni Mitchell – vocal
Kathleen Battle – soprano
Stevie Wonder – vocal, harmonica
Charles Curtis – cello

Ira Coleman, Alex Al – bass
Bakithi Kumalo – bass, guitar
Terri Lyne Carrington – drums

Madou Dembelle – djembe
Massamba Diop – talking drum
Cyro Baptista, Bireyma Guiye, Cheik Mbaye, Marlon Graves – percussion
Robert Sadin – percussion programming

and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Produced by Robert Sadin
Executive Producers: Herbie Hancock and David Passick
Arrangements by Herbie Hancock and Robert Sadin
Arrangements of “St. Louis Blues” by Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Robert Sadin
Mixed by Bruce Swedien at Sony Music Studios
Production Manager: Camille Tominaro
Associate Producer: Marlon Graves
Special Production Assistance: Ira Coleman and Terri Lyne Carrington
Musical Assistant: Pedro Moreira

Engineers: Rob Eaton, Clark Germain, Todd Whitelock, Rob Rapley and Dave Darlington
Additional Mixing: Brian Vibberts and Marlon Graves

Assistant Engineers: Robi Banerji, Thom Cadley, Fred Hedemark, Pete Karam, Ron Martinez, Jason Stasium, Brett Swain, David Swope and Koyo Teramato

Recorded at Right Track Recording, Sony Music Studios, The Hit Factory, Masters at Work Studios, RPM Studios in New York; March and April, 1998; Ocean Way Recording and O’Henry Sound Studios in Los Angeles; June, 1998.

Additional Production Coordination: Melinda Murphy and Tom Truslow
Digital Editing at Sony Studios by Darcy Proper, Andreas Meyer, and Rob Rapley

Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music Studios, New York, July 29, 1998

Surround Sound mix by Al Schmitt, assisted by Steve Genewick at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
SACD mastered by Doug Sax for The Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA
Pro Tools Digital Editing by Bill Smith at Sky’s the Limit Recorders, Studio City, CA
Produced for SACD by Michel Etchart

Illustrations by Istvan Banyai
Cover photograph by James Minchin III
Session photographs by Jimmy Katz and Robert Zuckerman
Release Coordination: Theodora Kuslan

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