Gershwin's World

Gershwin's World

by Herbie Hancock
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731455779721
catalogNumber:
557797

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano
Joni Mitchell   Vocals
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
Ron Carter   Bass
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Henderson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Todd Phillips   Violin
Kathleen Battle   Soprano,Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Alex Al   Bass
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Martha Caplin   Violin,Concert Master
James Carter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Ira Coleman   Bass
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano
Massamba Diop   talking drum
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Kenny Garrett   Alto Saxophone
Marlon Graves   Guitar,Percussion
Brian Greene   Oboe
Gene Jackson   Drums
Donald Palma   Bass
Nardo Poy   Viola
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Vocals
Michael Finn   Bassoon
Chris Komer   Horn
Charles Curtis   Cello
Melissa Meel   Cello
Ronnie Bauch   Violin
Joanna Jenner   Violin
Naoko Tanaka   Violin
Eric Wyrick   Violin
Elizabeth Mann   Flute
Toby Appel   Viola
Marji Danilow   Bass
Matthew Dine   English Horn
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass,Guitar
William Purvis   Horn
Eriko Sato   Violin
Peter Winograd   Violin
Richard Rood   Violin
Asmira Woodward-Page   Violin
Jennifer Frautschi   Violin
Cyro Bapista   Percussion
Cheik Mbaye   Percussion
Susannah Chapman   Cello
Catherine Cho   Violin
Sarah Clarke   Viola
Katherine Murdock   Viola
Clavin Wiersman   Violin
Mina Smith   Cello
Ellen Payne   Violin
Charles Neidich   Clarinet,E-flat Clarinet
Cynde Iverson   Bassoon
Nicolas Danielson   Violin
Renee Jolles   Violin
Ahling Neu   Viola
Madou Dembelle   Djembe
David Singer   Clarinet
Bireyma Guiye   Percussion

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Arranger,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Dave Darlington   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Author
Rob Eaton   Engineer
Clark Germain   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Donald Palma   Principal
Robert Sadin   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes,drum programming,Audio Production,Percussion Programming
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger
Robert Zuckerman   Session Photographer
Rob Rapley   Engineer
Michael Finn   Principal
Jimmy Katz   Session Photographer
James Minchin   Cover Photo
Istvan Banyai   Artwork,Illustrations
DuBose Heyward   Composer
David Passick   Executive Producer
William Purvis   Principal
Eriko Sato   Principal
Sarah Clarke   Principal
Michael Etchart   Producer

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