Herbie Hancock: New York Minute


Herbie Hancock: New York Minute


Herbie Hancock (piano)


The New Standard (Verve 529584)

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Herbie Hancock (piano), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), John Scofield (guitar), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums),

Don Alias (percussion)


Composed by Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar & Jai Winding


Recorded: New York, 1995


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

On his 1996 album New Standard, intrepid pianist Herbie Hancock borrows material from pop artists as disparate as Nirvana and Sade. All tracks are noteworthy, but one highlight is the hard-swinging version of Don Henley's "New York Minute." Brecker's and Scofield's dark, punchy interpretation of Henley's vocal adds to an already nightmarish mood established by the rhythm section's looming intensity. Hancock contributes a typically astounding solo, his extended lines stretching the modal harmony to its limit while retaining an instinctual bluesy funkiness. DeJohnette powers ahead assertively yet still remains responsive to Hancock's polymetric phrasing, unexpected accent patterns, and blurred barlines. Holland's monstrous sound and unassailable drive prove once again that any band swings harder when he is on bass.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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