Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters On Limited Edition 180 Gram Import 2LP!
On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band--including saxophonist Wayne Shorter--in tow. Luminary guests lend vocals to a song apiece: Norah Jones ("Court and Spark"), Tina Turner ("Edith and the Kingpin"), Corinne Bailey Rae ("River"), Luciana Souza ("Amelia"), Leonard Cohen (with an unsettlingly sanguine version of "The Jungle Line"), even Joni Mitchell herself ("Tea Leaf Prophecy"). The mix includes a continuum from intrepid classics to dusty, fans-only fare, but a distinct reverence for Joni Mitchell the Poet threads them together, and, in the end, this album works best as a sleepy window into one fan's giddy and particular love affair with his source material. Fans of Hancock win out.
Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Track Listing
1. Court and Spark featuring Norah Jones
2. Edith and the Kingpin featuring Tina Turner
3. Both Sides Now
4. River featuring Corinne Bailey Rae
5. Sweet Bird Listen Listen
6. Tea Leaf Prophecy featuring Joni Mitchell
8. Amelia featuring Luciana Souza
10. The Jungle Line featuring Leonard Cohen