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Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano Help Celebrate Herbie Hancock's 70th Birthday

June 25th, 2010

from the New York Times

Old and New, and Celebrity Power, at a Birthday Party
By Nate Chinen

Herbie Hancock’s CareFusion Jazz Festival concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night was called “Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration,” like a sequel in a fantasy-adventure franchise. Fittingly, it was a prestige production with an overspill of talent, but also a bit of a rehash, strangely hollow at the core.

Appearing first with some peers from the post-bop elite, Mr. Hancock, the pianist, then spent the second half plugging his latest adult-contemporary album, “The Imagine Project” (Hancock Records), which was released this week. He has done much the same thing with his festival bookings before, as recently as a couple of years ago. It hasn’t grown any less jarring; a truer title might have been “Hancock: A Tale of Two Herbies.”

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