Fri, 09 Apr 2004

Herbie Hancock

Just back from seeing Chicago's own Herbie Hancock at the CSO. Very, very nice -- playing with his quartet (Gary Thomas: fl, ts; Scott Colley: b; Terri Lyne Carrington: dr) with special guest Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano.

I guess it has been almost a decade since I saw him last back in France, but he clearly is one of my all-time favourite musicians. The repertoire tonight spanned material from his awesome 60s recordings on Blue Note to the newer material from the 90s, and it was all delivered in such a lyrical way that is really unique to him. Seeing Wayne Shorter live was also neat; I don't think I've seen him since maybe 1987 or so in London. Gee, I'm starting to sound really old. Anyway, Hancock will play one more next week with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. I should see if I can still get tickets...

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