Herbie Hancock: The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms)
The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
River: The Joni Letters (Verve)
Composed by Joni Mitchell & Larry Klein.
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This song originally appeared on Joni Mitchell's 1988 album Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm, during a time when she had moved towards a more electric, pop sound. Here the song receives the jazz treatment on Herbie Hancock's 2007 tribute album, which won the Grammy Album of the Year award. Mitchell makes an appearance to aid in the reworking of her sultry number, which has a very laid-back vibe. The band is in wonderful form, with Wayne Shorter echoing Mitchell's vocal nuances on soprano sax. Mitchell shows why she was a jazz singer beginning in the 1970s, as her raspy, smoke-cured voice fits this rearrangement like hand in glove.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley