Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Herbie Hancock

Today is the first day of December and whilst the mere thought of Christmas this year breaks my heart there is no avoiding it.

So here as an early token gesture is Herbie Hancock with a cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “River” with Corinne Bailey Rae as the guest vocalist’.

“River” – Herbie Hancock with Corinne Bailey Rae

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I’m so hard to handle
I’m selfish and I’m sad
Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby say goodbye

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band–including saxophonist Wayne Shorter–in tow. Luminary guests lend vocals to a song apiece: Norah Jones (“Court and Spark”), Tina Turner (“Edith and the Kingpin”), Corinne Bailey Rae (“River”), Luciana Souza (“Amelia”), Leonard Cohen (with an unsettlingly sanguine version of “The Jungle Line”), even Mitchell herself (“Tea Leaf Prophecy”). In the event, though, a few fundamental elements go awry. Hancock plays with almost saccharine understatement throughout, and even Shorter’s seminal “Nefertiti” and Duke Ellington’s “Solitude” fall into the album’s presiding, somnolent surface, though to a lesser degree does the instrumental version of Mitchell’s “Sweet Bird.” But girding, and in some measure, saving, the proceedings, the lyrics here testify to a subtler wisdom guiding Hancock’s set list. The mix includes a continuum from intrepid classics to dusty, fans-only fare, but a distinct reverence for Joni Mitchell the Poet threads them together, and, in the end, this album works best as a sleepy window into one fan’s giddy and particular love affair with his source material. Fans of Hancock win out. –Jason Kirk

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December 1, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Return of the Rich Kids

 

Sex Pistols off shoot Rich Kids have reformed and confirmed details of their first show in some 30 years.

One of the main songwriting forces on The Sex Pistols incendiary debut album, Glen Matlock’s role in the band was downplayed after his departure in 1977. Making way for prime anarchist Sid Vicious, the bass player was famously jettisoned for liking The Beatles.

In love with mid 60s British pop, Glen Matlock gathered some of London’s prime punk faces around him to form Rich Kids. Borrowing the talents of Midge Ure, Rusty Egan and Mick Jones the band’s line up never quite settled into one formation.

Lasting just long enough to release one cult classic album and a slew of singles, Rich Kids then splintered as various members went on to enjoy success with others acts.

Invited to re-join The Sex Pistols on their reformation, Glen Matlock has been re-introduced to the punk fold. However the bass player has always kept his solo career going, recently completing a short acoustic tour.

With the Public Image Limited tour set to begin in December, Glen Matlock has been inspired to reform his own post-Pistols project.

Rich Kids announced their reformation last week, intending to play a one off reformation show in aid of former member Steve New who is fighting ill health. The line up has not been confirmed, although a number of special guests are promised.

Rich Kids have confirmed the following show:

January
7 London o2 Academy Islington

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“Rich Kids” -Rich Kids

 

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Old Music, Video | | 2 Comments

   

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