Thursday, November 24, 2011

Herbie Hancock - This is Jazz (1998)

Herbie Hancock - This is Jazz (1998)
EAC rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG | Full Scans | FileSonic/FileServe/FilePost/Uploadstation
Genre ~ Post-Bop, Fusion | Label ~ Columbia/Legacy

Herbie Hancock's edition in the Columbia This Is Jazz series draws six tracks from the approximately 12-year period between 1974 and 1986. An electric band is featured on half of the selections, including "Gentle Thoughts" from Secrets, "Actual Proof" from Thrust, and "Calypso" from Mr. Hands. These aren't exactly the best tracks from Hancock's electric period, and the acoustic portion -- covering "The Sorcerer" from a 1981 V.S.O.P. performance in Tokyo, the live duet "Maiden Voyage" by Hancock and Chick Corea, and "The Peacocks" from the 1986 film 'Round Midnight -- are similarly erratic. All of the selections on This Is Jazz are good, but it doesn't make much sense to feature such a scattered set of tracks. ~Allmusic

01. The Sorcerer (7:22)
02. Gentle Thoughts (7:07)
03. Actual Proof (9:45)
04. The Peacocks (7:20)
05. Calypso (6:45)
06. Maiden Voyage (13:51)

Herbie Hancock - piano, fender rhodes, keyboards
Chick Corea - piano (duet with H. Hancock on #6)
Bennie Maupin - soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker Jr. - guitars
Wynton Marsalis - trumpet
Ron Carter, Pierre Michelot - bass
Paul Jackson - electric bass
Tony Williams, James Levi - drums
Mike Clark, Billy Higgins - drums
Kenneth Nash, Sheila Escovedo - percussions

Recorded between 1974 - 1986
Selected, sequenced & annotated by James Isaacs
Project Director: Seth Rothstein
Mastering Supervisor: Nedra Olds-Neal
Mastered by Vic Anesini, Sony Music Studios, New York
A&R Coordinator: Patti Matheny
Art Direction: Howard Fritzson
Cover Design: Alice Butts
Graphic Artist: Ken Fredette
Photography: Don Hunstein / Sony Music Archives
Production Assistance: Rene Arsenault
Legacy A&R: Steve Berkowith
Liner notes by James Isaacs, April 1997