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Future 2 Future by Herbie Hancock

Bill Laswell helped Herbie Hancock (see also U0104) with his "Rockit"breakthrough some twenty years ago. And the Material man is heavily presenthere as well, as co-producer. The result of their collaboration is onceagain hip, though not wildly innovative, as the groovy, 4Hero-esque single"The essence" (with Chaka Khan) or the hiphop of "This is Rob Swift"illustrate. The latter has some funky fusion sounds, as does the megacoolGuy Called Gerald collaboration "Black gravity" (a track which should pleaseP'Taah fans, incidentally). "Ionosphere" is another d&b tinged number(programming: Kash Kale), whereas "Be Still" (featuring Imani Uzuri) isanother soulful one. However, "Future 2 Future" is not an obvious,commercial album at all, as the haunting, afro-ethnic opener "Hegero part I"illustrates. Further down the road, the complex "Hegero part II" (once againprogrammed by Carl Craig) and the dense "Tony Williams" (featuring TonyWilliams ànd Wayne Shorter as well as Dana Bryant) are other highlights, asis "Alphabeta" (featuring the equally legendary Jack DeJohnette). The closer"Virtual hornets" (a nod to the track on his 1973-but-way-ahead-of-its-time"Sextant" lp), featuring fine playing by Shorter and DeJohnette, is cooltoo. "Future 2 Future" is a high class contemporary jazz album and it shouldhave received more acclaim when it was released Autumn 2001. (pv)

This review was first published 2002-03-14 in [uzine 02.08], cf.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Herbie Hancock
  • CD Title: Future 2 Future
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Transparent
  • Rating: Four Stars
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