Herbie Hancock’s ‘The New Standard’

Herbie Hancock’s ‘The New Standard’ is his fortieth album (covering rock and RnB songs) recorded with among others Michael Brecker & John Scofield and released on March 5, 199 by Verve.

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Track Listing : 1.New York Minute (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Jai Winding) – 08:35 . 2.Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel) – 08:36 . 3.Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (John Lennon, Paul Mccartney) – 08:07 . 4.When Can I See You (Kenny Babyface Edmonds) – 06:17 . 5.You’Ve Got It Bad, Girl (Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright) – 07:15 . 6.Love Is Stronger Than Pride (Sade Aduandrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman) – 08:00 . 7.Scarborough Fair (Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel) – 08:24 . 8.Thieves In The Temple (Prince) – 07:33 . 9.All Apologies (Kurt Cobain) – 05:08 . 10.Manhattan (Island Of Lights And Love) (Herbie Hancock, Jean Hancock) – 04:06 . 11.Your Gold Teeth Ii (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) – 05:14

Musicians : Herbie Hancock – Piano . Michael Brecker – Tenor And Soprano Saxophone . John Scofield – Acoustic And Electric Guitar, Electric Sitar . Dave Holland – Acoustic Bass . Jack Dejohnette – Drums, Electric Percussion . Don Alias – Percussion

Production : Produced By Guy Eckstine, Herbie Hancock . Richard Clarke – Assistant Engineer . Scott Hull – Mastering . Joel Moss – Engineer . John Pace – Engineer . John Schuenemen – Assistant Engineer . Darrell Smith – Associate Producer, Mixing Assistant

Package : Jimmy Katz – Photography . Patricia Lie – Art Direction . James Minchin – Photography

Recorded 1995 At Manhattan Center Studios, New York.

Released On March 5, 1996 By Verve.

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allmusic
However by adding vamps, reharmonizing the chord structures, sometimes quickly discarding the melodies and utilizing an all-star band, Hancock was able to transform the potentially unrewarding music into creative jazz. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Most of the tunes are quite simple harmonicallyand the arrangements either dwell on the melody (the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”), or vamp atmospherically (Nirvana’s “All Apologies”) – either way the tunes tend to go on much too long, with a distressing Adult Contemporary vibe. […]

JazzWise
One or two tunes don’t make the transition entirely successfully into jazz vehicles, but certainly nine tracks out of the 11 represent impeccable, burning New York-style jazz of the highest order. […]

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