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Herbie Hancock

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1 stars This album is terrible! Using old scheme ( to produce m0ney, not music) Hancock tried to make pop-album ( in the manner of "Grammy" winner "Supernatural" of Santana). Still Tom Jones many years ago returned back to business using duets with modern popular artists release. Santana made trilogy based on that formula ( only first album was really interesting).

So, Hancock even ask Santana for help and recorded one song with Santana standard guitar solo ( and Anqelique Kidjo on vocal). But it didn't help - album is total disaster!

Santana has at least one thing that made his albums popular - his recognisible guitar solo. Pity, but Hancock didn't has that in his magic box.

From very first song you want just to push the "NEXT" button. And if duet with Santana is boring,but at least listenable, many songs are not listenable at all!

It's really strange, but the best album song is "A Song For You" - duet with Christina Aquiliera (!!!). Even Sting, Paul Simon and Annie Lennox absolutely didn't help!!

I can't recommend this album even for pop music lover. Just useless!!!

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Posted Monday, October 5, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars Aside from the aforementioned negativity of my predecessor this album is GOOD for Herbie Hancock. I have turned on many ears towards jazz with the help of this album. People whom assume when Herbie is spoken of that one is referring to Rockit. Pop does not equal crap as many of the people on this site seem to believe. In fact I find it easier to concentrate on my work when I have a catchy song stuck in my head to which I must sing.

Absolutely great songs on this album are 'A song for you', 'Sister Moon', and 'I just called to say I love you'.

Christina Aguilera has one of the most beautiful voices ever. With her 6 octave range she can hit about any note and in any variation. It's a shame that she mostly limits herself to pop. She would be a great asset to the nu-jazz / traditional jazz environment. She really shows how she has matured vocally on this album and has set herself aside from the Brittney's and the Jessica's. 5 stars

Sister Moon shows Stings jazzy side. Which I must say is a refreshing break from the new age alternative music he's been shoving down our throats (Desert Rose). His voice is strong here and Herbie composition and leadership shows. 5 stars.

Raul Midon is the next Stevie Wonder. He's blind. He's a phenomenal musician (Guitar rather than keys), and he certainly has a set of pipes on him. What a better way to commemorate Stevie than to cover one of his greatest love songs. Raul I salute you. Readers of this should check out Raul's solo albums. You can even download some of his live shows for free at 5 stars.

The rest of the songs range from 2 - 3 stars in my opinion and are forgettable. Averaging out the score I give it 3 stars. Mainly because of it's ability to bring rock and rollers over to the jazz side.

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Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | Review Permalink

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