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Herbie Hancock: Gershwin’s World

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Following on the heels of the largely disappointing Return of the Headhunters-a lightweight and strangely static funk outing that failed to live up to the hype-Gershwin’s World represents a return to respectability for Hancock. It is by far the best thing he’s done since joining the Verve roster in 1995. Obviously pleased with the outcome of this highly ambitious, star-studded project, Verve is laying on the hype pretty thick, calling this “one of the most significant jazz recordings of the decade.” This time, believe the hype.

More than just another in the seemingly endless series of songbooks cranked out by the Verve marketing machine, Gershwin’s World could just as easily have been called Hancock’s World. His stamp is that strong on these familiar Gershwin vehicles.

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