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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Herbie Hancock - Live at the Barbican 2004

Both veterans of the Miles Davis Quintet from the mid-1960s, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter have spent the subsequent decades pursuing divergent paths that still manage to cross at regular intervals. For this reunion, they have recruited bassist Dave Holland and Shorter's regular percussionist, Brian Blade, to form a jazz supergroup of sorts - one that doesn't suffer from the battling egos the term usually implies.
The foursome play jazz that thinks on its feet and dances on tiptoe. They never take the obvious route to a musical conclusion, but nor are they lured into obscurity for its own sake. Blade is too subtle a drummer to hammer relentlessly on the beat, but synchronises with the firm, elastic pulse of Holland's double-bass to ensure that the rhythm section can swing ferociously or diffuse into a weightless shimmer at the flip of a coin.
It was only after the first three numbers - during which Hancock pondered chords both allusive and quizzical at the piano, while Shorter alternated between light, fluttery tones and lean, sculpted lines on saxophone - that Hancock got up to speak. "I haven't got anything to say really, I just couldn't sit there any longer," he muttered. But he did offer a few clues about how the quartet work from skeleton arrangements: "We're constantly reclassifying the bones - it's forensic music."
At times the sounds suggested a small boat in distress as Hancock thundered out low-register rumblings amid waterspouts of percussion; then the sun would suddenly come out as Holland stretched the tempo into a confident, loping blues. And when Hancock clanged out honky-tonk chords or dabbled in Debussy, Shorter countered with birdsong or pulsating hard bop.

Herbie Hancock - Live at the Barbican London 05-07-04Canteloupe Island

Herbie Hancock – p
Wayne Shorter – s
Dave Holland – db
Brian Blade – d

LOCATION / VENUELondon Barbican Center DATE05–07–04

This concert is a rare opportunity to witness such massed talent on one stage!!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for making these concerts available! The Hancock concert is also on in FLAC.

Herbie Hancock/Wayne Shorter/Dave Holland/Brian Blade
Barbican, London, England; 2nd July 2004
(Radio 3 broadcast 16th July 2004)

Herbie Hancock (p)
Wayne Shorter (sax)
Dave Holland (b)
Brian Blade (dr)

1. Radio introduction (2.28)
2. Sonrisa / Pathways / Manhattan Lorelei / Footprints / A Visitor From Somewhere (60.45)
3. Radio voiceover (0.13)
4. Aung San Sun Kyi / Prometheus Unbound / Canteloupe Island (24.35)
5. Radio close (0.12)

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Many thanks for getting hold of this and sharing.
Blog on!
Shuggiemac (using partner's email address!!)

2:20 PM  
Blogger zazafromjohor said...

Thanks Anne how did you find it?? Did yu like it ?? seems like you did?? I got the tape from my archive boxes... 100s of tapes which are awaiting for digitalisation

9:37 PM  

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