Herbie Hancock

What better way to introduce a music veteran and legend to a whole new generation of listeners than record a collaborative album with many of today's brightest young singers(John Mayer, Damien Rice, Joss Stone, etc.)? Actually, that is misleading…not all the collaborations are with up and comers (see Paul Simon, Annie Lennox and Sting). I am sure that the most cynical of us will be thinking that this is simply a gimmick to move albums, but all I can say to that is listen to the album (and tsk, tsk) first before you jump to any conclusions. The combination of these great voices with Herbie Hancock's wizardry on the keyboards and some classic songs (I Just Called To Say I Love You, When Love Comes To Town, etc.) makes for some great music. It is always interesting when artists of two different genres are fused together and on this album this experiment is successful. The album will probably be most appealing for those who are fans of the guest vocalists as they tend to be highlighted on most tracks. For true Herbie Hancock fans the last track, a collaboration with Trey Anastasio from Phish, will be the most interesting because it is an instrumental with Hancock's keyboards in the forefront.

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