Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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This 1978 duet concert testifies to a remarkable empathy, along with the polish that each brings to any venture. Their two grand pianos seldom collide as they dovetail and overlay runs, rhythms, and chords, clearly enjoying the challenge and creating tremendous energy in the process. "Someday" inevitably invokes Miles, while the chromatic fantasia on Gershwin's "Liza," complete with stride, suggests populist roots in Rhapsody in Blue. "Button Up," an extended improvisation, is a highlight, including rhythmic dialogue between hand-muted strings, while "February Moment" is a relatively rare Hancock foray into solo piano. The most remarkable playing, though, is saved for the end: segued performances of hits--Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" and Corea's "La Fiesta"--that run to 35 minutes of sustained keyboard invention. --Stuart Broomer
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This disc will also appeal to your friends who say they "don't like jazz" and is a good one to play when they come over.
This recording has literally brought tears to my eyes many times; some combination of Joy, envy, humility, and ecstasy. I don't have even close to half the talent and inspiration these two guys have. Whenever I start to think I might be a good player, I put this on and have a listen and am devastatingly humbled. The first time I heard it, I wanted to stop playing altogether for a while to sort things out in my head.
There are many pianists who are technically excellent, but couldn't improvise their way out of a mud puddle. And there's a lot of players who have much better ideas than they are technically able to play. But Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock (esp Chick, IMHO), in the Olympic gymnastics of piano playing, score a perfect 10 for everything. Technique, inspiration, beauty, and poetry.
How can you NOT give this 5 stars? This is one of those special releases that deserve 6.
One final word: To those of you who still think Jarret is the master of Jazz improvisation, you better have a listen to this. IMHO they play circles around him, Koln concert not withstanding. Sorry Keith. I love you too, but.
overall having listed to a anthology of Herbie Hancock, this was and is for me one of the better recordings over his career.............
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic! This album should be in any jazz collectors library.Published 15 months ago by Roger W. Anderson
My personal opinion is totally subjective (and that has been, in the past,) a majority of one. Herbie Hancock is a fantastic pianist and can accompany like a bitch, however I... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Arthur L Di Tullio
I was at Boston Symphony Hall during the recording of this evening of acoustic magic with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Read morePublished on November 30, 2007 by William Donelson