Brace yourself---1998 marks George Gershwin's centennial year and record shelves are sure to be stuffed with "tribute" albums from a variety of artists. Herbie Hancock, whose career is noted for its wide-ranging eclecticism, continues this trend with this salute to the composer. While the bulk of the repertoire are Gershwin originals, Herbie has also included four tunes that were written by George's closest fellow musicians. Hancock, working within settings that range from solo piano to full-fledged orchestras, has enlisted the aid of a number of "special guests" to enhance this recording. Contemporary saxophonists Kenny Garrett and James Carter romp through It Ain't Necessarily So, old friend Wayne Shorter takes a turn on The Man I Love, Summertime and Cotton Tail, while R&B master Stevie Wonder adds his vocal and harmonica talents to St. Louis Blues. Gershwin's World is an ambitious, reverential project that pays serious homage to one of the great tunesmiths of the 20th. century. (***)
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.