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.
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.
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. […]
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. […]