Herbie Hancock: Edith and the Kingpin
Edith and the Kingpin
Herbie Hancock (piano)
River: The Joni Letters (Verve)
Composed by Joni Mitchell.
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Herbie Hancock, arguably the most successful crossover musician in jazz history, assembled an all-star cast for his 2007 album River: The Joni Letters. This song originally appeared on Joni Mitchell's 1975 album The Hissing of Summer Lawns. Tina Turner does a splendid job reinterpreting this cover with an extended use of vibrato. She almost sounds better than Joni on the original, but I won't be completely blasphemous. Lionel Loueke provides nice wah-wah textures beneath the vocals, while Hancock plays an extremely tasteful solo. Wayne Shorter brings the track together with his beautiful saxophone solo, adding the necessary ingredients to make this a must-have for fans of the artists involved.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley