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3.05 | 19 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. New York Minute (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Jai Winding) (8:35)
2. Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel) (8:36)
3. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Lennon, McCartney) (8:07)
4. When Can I See You (Kenny Babyface Edmonds) (6:17)
5. You've Got It Bad, Girl (Wonder, Yvonne Wright) (7:15)
6. Love Is Stronger Than Pride (Sade Adu, Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman) (8:00)
7. Scarborough Fair (Traditional) (8:24)
8. Thieves In The Temple (Prince) (7:33)
9. All Apologies (Kurt Cobain) (5:08)
10. Manhattan (Island Of Lights And Love) (Herbie Hancock, Jean Hancock) (4:06)
11. Your Gold Teeth II (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) (5:14)

Total time 77:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Herbie Hancock / piano, arrangements, co-producerrrrr

- Michael Brecker / tenor & soprano saxophones
- John Scofield / acoustic & electric guitars, electric sitar
- Dave Holland / acoustic bass
- Jack DeJohnette / drums, electric percussion
- Don Alias / percussion
- Gary Herbig / bass clarinet & flute (2,3,6)
- Maurice Spears / bass trombone (2,3,6)
- Sam Riney / flute & alto flute (2,3,6)
- William E. Green / flute & alto flute (2,3,6)
- Suzette Moriarty / French horn (2,3,6)
- Gene Cipriano / oboe & English horn (2,3,6)
- Lester Lovitt / trumpet & flugelhorn (2,3,6)
- Oscar Brashear / trumpet & flugelhorn (2,3,6)
- Cameron L. Stone / cello (2-4,6)
- Lili R. Haydn / violin (2-4,6)
- Margaret R. Wootn / violin (2-4,6)
- Richard S. Greene / violin (2-4,6)

Releases information

Jazz renditions of classic and contemporaneous rock and R&B songs.

Artwork: Gary St. Clare & Michael Tobias Design with James R. Minchin, III (photo)

CD Verve Records ‎- 527 715-2 (1996, US)

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HERBIE HANCOCK The New Standard ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (21%)
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Review by snobb
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3 stars Herbie Hancock with well-known jazz musicians team turned on pop/rock classics. Happily nothing here is pop or pop-rock, everything is quite successfully converted into post- bop/contemporary jazz pieces.

Hancock plays acoustic piano only, all other instruments are mostly acoustic as well. So - you can find 70+ minutes of well-known melodies in vintage jazz sound. Strong side of that album is that musicians all are great and all work is tasteful enough to be a pleasant listening. Weak point is there are nothing new in this music, sound at all. Yes, it is unusual look on popular songs, but no way brave or experimental. More adaptation for conservative jazz lovers target group.

I believe some listeners will be happy with this album, but this music is far from any progressive rock, jazz electronics or whatever you want. Zero progressivity, but in some moments pleasant listening.And no way The New Standard (happily).

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars While this is a nice jazz album, which features popular, and not so popular, pop and rock songs from the sixties through the nineties, there is nothing progressive, and very little fusion to be found here.

The songs are mostly bebop, with fusion only in a couple of places, predominantly on Thieves In The Temple, by Prince, sort of played electric blues style. John Scofield's performance on the album doesn't elevate this to fusion either. Mostly, he plays in a stictly jazz style.

If I were rating this a a jazz album, I would probably rate it at four stars, but since we are talking prog, the best I can give it is three.

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