River: The Joni Letters

Performers Herbie Hancock

Verve | September 25, 2007 | Compact Disc

River: The Joni Letters is rated 1 out of 5 by 1.
Personnel: Wayne Shorter (soprano); Dave Holland (bass guitar); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Additional personnel: Corinne Bailey Rae, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Tina Turner, Leonard Cohen, Luciana Souza.
Any doubts about the incongruity of jazz icon Herbie Hancock covering singer-songwriter extraordinare Joni Mitchell will be obliterated on the first journey through RIVER: THE JONI LETTERS. For starters, the premise is not especially incongruous. Hancock has had a long, adventurous career in which he's traversed genres and masterfully blended styles, while Mitchell has always been deeply influenced by jazz as both a composer and a singer. RIVER features many of Mitchell's finest songs, stunning in their own right and reinterpreted beautifully by Hancock, plus a stellar assortment of musicians and guest vocalists.
Mitchell's pop and folk tendencies have been assimilated into the arrangements; the album plays like a vocal jazz outing. Hancock is joined by fellow Miles Davis alums Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland, among others, and the guest vocalists include Nora Jones, Tina Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Leonard Cohen, and--on one track--Mitchell herself. Sophisticated, soulful, and gorgeous, RIVER is a must for fans of Mitchell, classic jazz, adult contemporary artists like Nora Jones--and, well, just about everyone.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 25, 2007

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 602517448261

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful Saving just a few cuts, notably the one with Joni herself, I found this CD absoultely painful to listen too. "River" in particular was torture and I can't believe it remained as part of the release. Just awful and a huge disappointment overall. I won't even keep it!
Date published: 2009-01-11

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River: The Joni Letters

River: The Joni Letters

Performers Herbie Hancock
Guest Artist(s) Corinne Bailey Rae, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 25, 2007

Genre: Piano

Style: Jazz

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: Verve

UPC: 602517448261


Title Track Time
1.Court and Spark --
2.Edith and the Kingpin --
3.Both Sides Now --
4.River --
5.Sweet Bird --
6.Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms) --
7.Solitude --
8.Amelia --
9.Nefertiti --
10.Jungle Line --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Wayne Shorter (soprano); Dave Holland (bass guitar); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Additional personnel: Corinne Bailey Rae, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Tina Turner, Leonard Cohen, Luciana Souza.
Any doubts about the incongruity of jazz icon Herbie Hancock covering singer-songwriter extraordinare Joni Mitchell will be obliterated on the first journey through RIVER: THE JONI LETTERS. For starters, the premise is not especially incongruous. Hancock has had a long, adventurous career in which he's traversed genres and masterfully blended styles, while Mitchell has always been deeply influenced by jazz as both a composer and a singer. RIVER features many of Mitchell's finest songs, stunning in their own right and reinterpreted beautifully by Hancock, plus a stellar assortment of musicians and guest vocalists.
Mitchell's pop and folk tendencies have been assimilated into the arrangements; the album plays like a vocal jazz outing. Hancock is joined by fellow Miles Davis alums Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland, among others, and the guest vocalists include Nora Jones, Tina Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Leonard Cohen, and--on one track--Mitchell herself. Sophisticated, soulful, and gorgeous, RIVER is a must for fans of Mitchell, classic jazz, adult contemporary artists like Nora Jones--and, well, just about everyone.