Herbie Hancock's 'Future 2 Future'

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by DaveBeny, Nov 4, 2001.

  1. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Has anyone heard this album? www.allmusic.com says:

    "One of the greatest attributes to Herbie Hancock's longevity is his ability to take a contemporary form of music and add his own unique perspective through his recordings. Future 2 Future is no exception to the rule. Teaming with Bill Laswell, Hancock recruits some of the most forward-thinking musicians in music for Future 2 Future. The contributions of electronic music pioneer Carl Craig, vocal diva Chaka Khan, drum'n'bass producer A Guy Called Gerald, as well as jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Wayne Shorter make the album feel like a cross between modern electronica and world music. While a lineup with such immense talent promises the delivery of a powerhouse record, the finished product only delivers the goods moderately. Several pieces produced for the album were almost completed before Hancock contributed keyboards. This production method leaves the record lacking the spontaneity and continuity that grace several of his early electronic-based records and tenure with the Headhunters, to the point of relegating Hancock to the status of session musician on some songs and leaving the listener to wonder what Future 2 Future could have been if a greater sense of creative collaboration/improvisation between Hancock and this all-star cast would have ensued. While this record is most definitely not an album for jazz purists, those with an ear for modern electronic music will find Future 2 Future an enjoyable exercise in watching one of the greats in jazz music redefine himself with the times once again."

    Also, slightly off-topic, has anyone seen Hancock live recently? He is playing three dates in the UK soon, and I am trying to weigh up whether to go and see him. His band is:

    Herbie Hancock: Keyboards
    Terri Lyne Carrington: Drums
    Darrell Diaz: Keyboards
    Wallace Roney: Trumpet
    Matthew Garrison: Bass
    Luis Alberto Quintanilla
  2. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    the new album is odd..very odd. parts of it i like, but i wouldnt buy it.

    if youre a fan i wouldnt miss him play live. i saw him when he was doing the return of the headhunters tour and it was amazing to see that lineup.
  3. Dude, I'd go just for Garrison.
  4. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Bleh. If you want to hear spacy piano tinkling with electronica/drum'n'bass influences, check out that "Somewhere Else Before" E.S.T. thing that Virgin and Borders have all over their listenting stations and whatnot.
  5. I'm with analogkid - go just to see Matt Garrison! I just received his CD yesterday and listened to it today - WOW! WOW! WOW!

    Besides, with the exception of Diaz and Quintanilla, I've heard the rest of his band, and they're all pretty damn good.

    One new mix-match of genres that I have enjoyed a lot recently is the disc by Cachaito. Great mixes of Afro-Cuban, jazz, hip-hop, and reggae without cheesy dilution of the individual styles. Strongly recommended.
  6. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I should be going to see him this Thursday assuming I can still get a pair of tickets. I'm looking forward to it, but am still a little anxious about what to expect of the live music. Herbie himself doesn't know what it is (see tour info at www.herbiehancock.com), which doesn't do much to reassure me!

  7. "Expectation kills the moment." --Robert Fripp

    Just go with ears open. At the very worst, you'll hear extremely well-played acid jazz.
  8. I don't mind the new album. I think it's cool how he keeps re-inventing himself to stay with the times. But, each to his own.
  9. I dig that quote!
  10. Like most Fripp/Guitar Craft aphorisms, it has more than one meaning. ;)