Tuesday, September 25, 2007
HERBIE HANCOCK – RIVER: THE JONI LETTERS
Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters” is similar in vein to his pop-meets-jazz "Possibilities," released back in 2005. Hancock again invites an array of vocal guests to contribute to his homage to Joni Mitchell. Standouts include Norah Jones on "Court and Spark" and Corinne Bailey Rae with "River" both score. However; it Mitchell herself who steals the show with an emotive read of her "Tea Leaf Prophecy." Others contributors are Leonard Cohen with "The Jungle Line" , along with four instrumentals starring saxophonist Wayne Shorter.