Gershwin's World

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All Music Guide - 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498610060
  • Catalog Number: 000137936
  • Sales rank: 43,240

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Chick 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
Doug Sax Mastering
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Stevie Wonder Arranger
Robert Zuckerman Session Photographer
Rob Rapley Engineer, Digital Editing
Michael Finn Principal
Darcy Proper Digital Editing
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
Andreas Meyer Digital Editing
Sarah Clarke Principal
Michael Etchart Producer
Bill Airey Smith Digital Editing
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