Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Both Sides Now

I started playing the piano when I was three (thanks, Mom!), and grew up listening to Bill Evans, Bud Powell and other greats (thanks, Dad!). But despite admiring Herbie Hancock in a silent way, I was never fervent until recently.

Hancock's been nominated for three Grammys, including Album of the Year, for his exceptional River: The Joni Letters, a tribute to Joni Mitchell - which has additional appeal for me as someone who still knows every lyric from Blue. His version of "Both Sides Now" (nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental) is abstract, and you can't sing along to it, but it has both the delicacy of "ice cream castles in the air" and the bitterness of "it's love's illusions I recall" in its rich texture.

"Both Sides Now" (stream)

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