The New Standard

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/1996
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452958426
  • Catalog Number: 529584
  • Sales rank: 96,600

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards
Michael Brecker Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette Percussion, Drums
Dave Holland Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Sam Riney Flute, Alto Flute
John Scofield Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sitar
Don Alias Percussion
Oscar Brashear Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gene Cipriano English Horn, Oboe
Lili Haydn Violin
Gary Herbig Flute, Bass Clarinet
Les Lovitt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Suzette Moriarty French Horn
Maurice Spears Bass Trombone
Margaret Wooten Violin
Cameron Stone Cello
Technical Credits
Babyface Composer
Bob Belden Arranger
Herbie Hancock Arranger, Composer, Producer
Guy Eckstine Producer
Joel Moss Engineer
John Pace Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Patricia Lie Art Direction
Jean Hancock Composer
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