[JPL] Grammy/Herbie

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Mon Feb 11 12:51:40 EST 2008

Did anybody notice Herbie and Lang Lang splitting the solo piano part 
on the Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue last night?

I think it was one of the major musical highlights of the evening, and 
it didn't depend on flashing lights, dance moves, posturing or 
costumes!    Talk about musical pyro-techniques, though, WOW!

Herbie's recent CDs, including the River album, have been kind of 
sleepy but this was jaw-dropping.  What chops - and the way the two 
pianists took turns with the virtuoso solo part was almost like a jazz 
cutting contest...  Outstanding musicianship and panache!   The 
orchestra was dead on, too.

It's fairly well-known that at age 11, Herbie Hancock debuted with the 
Chicago Symphony playing a Mozart concerto, but this is the first time 
I've ever seen him playing in a concerto setting with orchestra.  It 
really surprised me to see him do this challenging mini-concerto live 
last night!   When they said he'd play Gershwin, I thought, yeah, well, 
Summertime, Embraceable You with a string orchestra playing 
footballs...  but this was a very special treat!   A very special 
achievement - and my estimation of Herbie Hancock just went up ANOTHER 
couple of notches.

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Monday, February 11, 2008, at 08:12  AM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

> Firstly, congratulations to Herbie. He masterfully walk that line of 
> accessibility and thought provoking art on the record. Now, I'm 
> certainly not surprised but just about every report I've heard or read 
> on the show last evening focused on Winehouse and West...two musicians 
> whose work inspires millions of creative artists across the globe with 
> its deep understanding and demonstration of thought provoking musical 
> applications. It's like... oh... and then there was the surprise Album 
> of the Year award to Herbie Hancock. Now back to Winehouse...Some in 
> the media even acted like...what's that about?  The nerve. One even 
> said..." Winehouse won five and was nominated for six...I have no idea 
> how she didn't win the Album Of the Year." A frighteningly large 
> portion of the culture is amazingly ignorant to the processes of life 
> that actually make us better as people through compelling art and what 
> it is someone like Herbie does to create, protect and enhance it.
>   Jae Sinnett

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