Herbie Hancock
River: The Joni Letters =2LP=

  2 x LP   140grs   33⅓rpm     gatefold 

2007 EU issue on 180g 2LP -On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band--including saxophonist Wayne Shorter--in tow. sealed...

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Release date 13-05-2007

2007 EU issue on 180g 2LP -On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band--including saxophonist Wayne Shorter--in tow.  sealed in an gatefold sleeve

Tracks
A1 Court And Spark(Vocals [Featuring] – Norah Jones ) -7:35
A2 Edith And The Kingpin (Vocals [Featuring] – Tina Turner) -6:32

B1 Both Sides Now (Instrumental)     7:38
B2 River (Vocals [Featuring] – Corinne Bailey Rae ) 5:25

C1 Sweet Bird (Instrumental)     8:15
C2 Tea Leaf Prophecy (Vocals [Featuring] – Joni Mitchell Written-By – Larry Klein )6:34
C3 Solitude (Instrumental) (Written-By – Duke Ellington, Edgar De Lange*, Irving Mills) 5:42

D1 Amelia (Vocals [Featuring] – Luciana Souza ) 7:26
D2 Nefertiti (Instrumental) (Written-By – Wayne Shorter )7:30
D3 The Jungle Line (Vocals [Featuring] – Leonard Cohen ) 5:01

On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band--including saxophonist Wayne Shorter--in tow. Luminary guests lend vocals to a song apiece: Norah Jones ("Court and Spark"), Tina Turner ("Edith and the Kingpin"), Corinne Bailey Rae ("River"), Luciana Souza ("Amelia"), Leonard Cohen (with an unsettlingly sanguine version of "The Jungle Line"), even Joni Mitchell herself ("Tea Leaf Prophecy"). The mix includes a continuum from intrepid classics to dusty, fans-only fare, but a distinct reverence for Joni Mitchell the Poet threads them together, and, in the end, this album works best as a sleepy window into one fan's giddy and particular love affair with his source material. Fans of Hancock win out.

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 140grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: gatefold
Label: Verve
This release: 2007
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