World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

River: The Joni Letters

Article Id: WHEBN0013117188
Reproduction Date:

Title: River: The Joni Letters  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Getz/Gilberto, Mingus (Joni Mitchell album), Luciana Souza, Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae (album), Possibilities, Sonya Kitchell, The Essential Herbie Hancock
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

River: The Joni Letters

River: The Joni Letters
Herbie Hancock
Released September 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
Recorded 2006—2007
Genre Jazz
Length 67:49
Label The Verve Music Group
Producer Herbie Hancock, Larry Klein
Herbie Hancock chronology

River: The Joni Letters
The Imagine Project
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (favorable)[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Daily News (favorable)[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
New York (favorable)[7]
The New York Times (favorable)[8]
The New Yorker (favorable)[9]
Time Out 4/6 stars[10]

River: The Joni Letters is the 2007 album by Herbie Hancock. His 47th studio album, it was released on September 25, 2007 by Verve Records. The tribute album is a homage to Joni Mitchell, a longtime associate and friend of Hancock. Both Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter previously collaborated with Mitchell on her 1979 album Mingus, and both continued to work with her on occasion ever since.[11]

Guest vocalists on River include Lara Fabian, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza and Mitchell herself.[11]

The album peaked at #5 on The Billboard 200 after enjoying a huge post-Grammy sales boost, at #61 in Switzerland, #70 in France and #83 in the Netherlands.

Grammy Awards

On February 10, 2008, the album won the Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 50th annual Grammy Awards, surprising the music world.[12] It faced competition from Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse, and Vince Gill.[13] River was the first jazz album to win best album in 43 years and only the second in the award's history; the other was Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto in 1965.[14][15] The track "Both Sides Now" was also nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental.[16]

Track listing

All songs were written by Joni Mitchell, except where noted.

  1. "Court and Spark" (featuring Norah Jones) - 7:35
  2. "Edith and the Kingpin" (featuring Tina Turner) - 6:32
  3. "Both Sides, Now" - 7:38
  4. "River" (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae) - 5:25
  5. "Sweet Bird" - 8:15
  6. "The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms)" (featuring Joni Mitchell) - 6:34
  7. "(In My) Solitude" (Eddie DeLange, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) - 5:42
  8. "Amelia" (featuring Luciana Souza) - 7:26
  9. "Nefertiti" (Wayne Shorter) - 7:30
  10. "The Jungle Line" (featuring Leonard Cohen) - 5:00
Bonus tracks

The exclusive version of the album features two bonus tracks:[17]

  1. "A Case of You" – 7:36
  2. "All I Want" – 4:15

The iTunes Store digital version features two bonus tracks:

  1. "Harlem in Havana"
  2. "I Had a King"



External links

  • Los Angeles Times
  • PopMatters
  • USA Today

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.