September 4, 2007 - With the end of summer comes different weather, different colors, and the need to unwind, relax and do things a little differently. Herbie Hancock
), a master of doing things differently, will release his latest album, River: The Joni Letters
on September 25.
The disc showcases a very different take on the music of folk-rock poet Joni Mitchell
. Hancock teams with chanteuse Norah Jones
for a rendition of Mitchell's beloved Court & Spark
, offering a perfect soundtrack for settling into the fall.
While 'River' exemplifies Hancock's inspiration through lyrics - something he's never done before - no other track on the album embodies the changing season in quite the same way as "Court & Spark." Hancock's brand of improvisational jazz paints a bright and cool tapestry, while Jones entrances with her hallmark warm, seductive vocal. Mitchell's heartfelt yet cool-headed words complete the composition.
Arranged and produced by Hancock with the legendary Larry Klein (Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux
, Brandi Shearer
), 'River' explores a genre-less and more conversational approach to music - deriving arrangements from Mitchell's deep, moving lyrics, and adding yet another masterful layer to Hancock's complex and influential canon. In addition to appearances by Norah Jones and musicians Wayne Shorter
, Dave Holland
, Vinnie Colaiuta and Lionel Loueke, the album features vocal performances by Corinne Bailey Rae
, Leonard Cohen
, Luciana Souza
, Tina Turner
, and Mitchell herself.
Listen:"Court and Spark" featuring Norah Jones"Both Sides Now" (Instrumental)
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