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River: The Joni Letters
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LONG REVIEW: A seemless cd, made up of a variety of jazz musical sounds by Herbie, together with the jazzy introspective folk-pop of Joni Mitchell.
Sure its on the mellow side but Joni is the showcase and her lyrics, here performed by Joni and others, goes perfectly with the savy down tempo playing of the instrumentalists. But that is not meant to be a negative comment. The instrumental passages and moments are very good. This is jazz, a bit mellow, but not in a bad way. Its loose and improvisational jazz(heck look who is playing it!!!), with a wee bit of sly Hancock funk, lightly sprinkled throughout. Subtle yet poignant. Sweet yet salty.
...if you have any hesitation, see if you can listen to the first 2 songs all the way through. Beautiful performances all the way around, but these songs are not meant to be 30sec clips. Sweet Bird & Tea Leaf Prophecy are also very nice. I was not disappointed with anything really. Even the non-Joni songs fit seemlessly into the overall vibe of the cd. I have even enjoyed the cd playing it loud while driiving, just to hear every musical nuianse. A real audio treat, and to quote a review I saw for another work, "every sound is deliberate and perfect."
Reminds me of Miles Davis cool-jazz ensembles of the late 50s and up thru the 60s up, until he he formed his Bitches Brew group (which had the harder sound that was inspired by late 60s hard rock.). its Miles influenced cool-jazz, filtered thru 70s era Joni Mitchell, with the jazz being a bit more experimental & low key in some sections.
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Really hard to believe this album won a Grammy. Stick with Joni's originals.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love what Herbie Hancock has done with the music of another genius (Joni Mitchell).Published 2 months ago by M. Levitt
I wish there was more support for the magnificent artistry of Jazz music. All of these songs need more time for the artists to explore and express themselves. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Edmond L.
I lost my KCSM version which I thought had more tracks, Tina Turner, “diamond in his ear.” But so wonderful a concept I paid retail for a replacement. Read morePublished 14 months ago by venture