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31 Mar, 2008

Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters

Posted by: Dave In: Music

Herbie Hancock

I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Herbie Hancock lately. I picked up River: The Joni Letters several weeks ago after it won the Album of the Year at the Grammies in February. The album, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, contains vocals from Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, Norah Jones and Leonard Cohen. Apparently this is only the second time a jazz album won the Album of the Year award. Very cool.

River is one of the strongest jazz albums I have purchased since I went on a Johnny Hartman buying streak last year. It is a very straight-forward album without being predictable.

The title song, River, featuring vocals by Corinne Bailey Rae feels like a warm pair of jeans coming out of the dryer. So comfortable and smooth and welcoming.

Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I made my baby say goodbye

This is good stuff, folks.  You should check it out.

– Dave

4 Responses to "Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters"

1 | Leslie

April 1st, 2008 at 9:20 am


Really. Well, okay. Honestly, I was in shock when I heard he won that Grammy, because I hadn’t heard a peep about the guy for, eh, maybe twenty years.

2 | Dave

April 2nd, 2008 at 7:02 am


Yeah, it has been a long time since I’d listened to him too. I was shocked to hear he’d won a Grammy.

3 | amy

April 2nd, 2008 at 12:43 pm


Thank you for this; I’ve been thinking about picking up River since the Grammies… now I’m off to iTunes.

4 | Dave

April 2nd, 2008 at 1:00 pm


Amy – Thanks for stopping by. I think you’ll really enjoy the album.


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