Another Verve special trio project following up the Bird session with Hargrove, McBride and Scott. This time out Pops’ great-grandson Nicholas Payton and spiritual son of George Benson, Mark Whitfield, join the young bass prodigy Christian McBride for another thematic romp. They journey through the rich compositional fields of Herbie Hancock. In true songbook fashion the trio, and in three cases they break down to duet, addresses an impressive range of Hancock’s music, spanning his days with Miles, his fertile Blue Note period, two of his soundtrack forays-Blow Up and ‘Round Midnight-and even two dollops of funk from the Headhunters.
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