Herbie Hancock - Future2Future Live
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Keyboardist Herbie Hancock's foray into a fusion of jazz, funk, electronics, and hip-hop, begun in the early '70s, continues with this 104-minute concert, recorded in 2002 in Los Angeles. While there are occasional echoes of Weather Report and of Miles Davis's music from Bitches Brew onward (especially with trumpeter Wallace Roney now part of the Hancock ensemble), this is a distinctive, original sound, with the innovations put in service of the music, rather than vice versa; there's plenty of room for these musicians to simply play with the improvisational spirit that's at the heart of jazz. The six-piece group plays "Rockit," Hancock's hit from the '80s (the original video is among the extras), "Chameleon" (the best-known track from the Headhunters album), and eight others; multi-angle shots provide different viewing options, and the sound is uniformly superb. Other bonus features include a Hancock interview and bios (including solo excerpts) for each band member. --Sam Graham
- Tracks: Wisdom, Kebero, This Is DJ Disk, Dolphin Dance, Virtual Hornets, The Essence, Butterfly, Tony Williams, Rockit, Chameleon
- MX multiangle video collage
- Original 1983 "Rockit" video
- Exclusive interview with Herbie Hancock
- Selected discography with bonus audio samples
- Full band discographies and solo highlights
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Herbie is continues the Mile Davis tradition of always experimenting and discovering great young talent like Matt Garrision. Great music, excellent audio and video even multiple camera angles. In the extra they include the original 1982 video of Rockit then the 2002 version.
Definately a DVD musicians and Jazz fans need in their collection.
Finally, the elusive freedom-with-structure balance characteristic of many Miles and Herbie bands is often in evidence here, with fresh sonic textures and interesting solos that take chances without losing sight of the composition. Perhaps ironically, Herbie solos mostly on acoustic piano and Roney plays predominantly with electronic enhancements. Roney almost steals the show with a fine balance of long phrases and appropriate use of silence in-between them...he truly has arrived with his own style and is in no way a Miles clone, even if Davis' influence can be felt. The concert starts out a bit slowly but within 10 minutes the group has hit its stride, keeping the viewer interested throughout the remainder of the 105m concert. Highlighting the extras are Herbie talking about his sidepersons, plus the original 1983 videoclip for Rockit. I know Herbie tends to bounce from project to project, but my wish is that he will find the time to work in this context again soon. Maybe it's asking for too much but I'd love to see this group given the chance to reach its potential over a period of time ala Miles' and Herbie's best groups. Herbie is one of the few left on the scene today who could do it.
The video editing is pretty good. At least you get to see whoever is soloing for the most part rather than having to watch extended close-ups of a performers face or other non relevant item. The light show going on in the background is interesting too.
The extras include the original 'Rockit' video (remember that from the early MTV days?) and an interview with Herbie that's somewhat unmemorable.
I'm glad this is in my collection and hope potential viewers won't be turned away from this DVD because of the critical remarks of my fellow reviewers though I respect their opinions.
IMO this DVD is well worth getting.