• ALL I REALLY REALLY WANT TO DO IS TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN ME AND YOU, I WANNA HAVE FUN .. Herbie Hancock @ JVC Festival, June 23

    June 24, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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     A handsome guy in a dark suit snuck onstage with Lionel Loueke's trio to big applause.  It was that smiling pile driver Herbie Hancock, driving new foundation and pushing the sound deeper into Carnegie Hall.

    When it was Herbie's turn, he intro'd Chris Potter on tenor, Loueke on guitar, Dave Holland on electric bass, and Vinny Colaiuta on drums. After a big festive opener, Sonya Kitchell and Amy Keys sang "River" - the title track of Herbie's Joni Mitchell album, Grammy-winning - and "Did What I Did Before Love Came to Town." Bluesy solo from Lionel!

    Dave Holland on acoustic set up Herbie's long impressionistic solo meditation on "Maiden Voyage." Sonya came back for Joni's "All I Want to Do." Amy came back for Leon Russell's "A Song for You."

    "Canteloupe Island" was flowing more than funk. This all sounds nostalgic but it had energy.

    Herbie got on his feet and slung that big old electric keyboard over his shoulder and started "Rocket." He went face to face with Chris, Dave and then Lionel. Those exchanges were great! Nobody was over-exposed in this concert. Chris too can move the room with his syncopated serial attacks. And I applaud Herbie for having the women in his band. It worked for me! I went home singing "I want to knit you a sweater, write you a letter, make you feel better, make you feel free. . . !" Sorry, no pictures.

    They're going to Europe and return to US on August 10 for Newport. Herbie's website says there are still tickets for Wolf Trap on August 11 and that it's coming to Morristown on August 14!! Then Bridgeport CT, Atlantic City and Westhampton Beach.

    Becca Pulliam �

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