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Mon Feb 11 22:07:47 EST 2008
I agree, and the decision to shoot most of it from above was a masterstroke also.
Seek God continually
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From: Jim Wilke <jwilke123 at comcast.net>
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Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 12:51:40 PM
Subject: Re: [JPL] Grammy/Herbie
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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.
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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