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  • River: The Joni Letters

    An homage to Herbie Hancock’s longtime associate and friend Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters was released on the same day as Mitchell’s album Shine. It features guest vocalists Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza, and even Mitchell herself. Hancock provides new interpretations of her jazz-influenced songs, mostly culled from the period between Clouds and Hejira, turning some like “Both Sides Now” inside out. Wayne Shorter, who had collaborated with Mitchell on her 1979 jazz album Mingus (along with Hancock), plays here too. River won Album of the Year at the 50th annual Grammy Awards, beating out Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse, and Vince Gill. It was the first jazz album to receive this award in 43 years, and the second in history. The work of one innovator inspired by another – both having ventured brilliantly into new rhythmic and harmonic terrain, River is further proof that Mitchell was a jazz singer at heart.

    River: The Joni Letters Catalog Number:  Verve 4683441

    River: The Joni Letters Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. Court and Spark (featuring Norah Jones) – 7:35

    2. Edith and the Kingpin (featuring Tina Turner) – 6:32

    Side Two

    1. Both Sides Now – 7:38

    2. River (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae) – 5:25

    Side Three

    1. Sweet Bird – 8:15

    2. The Tea Leaf Prophecy (featuring Joni Mitchell) – 6:34

    3. Solitude – 5:42

    Side Four

    1. Amelia (featuring Luciana Souza) – 7:26

    2. Nefertiti – 7:30

    3. The Jungle Line (featuring Leonard Cohen) – 5:01

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