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Hear O Israel

Herbie Hancock Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trunk
  • ASIN: B000WWNO40
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blessing Over The Candles
2. Motovu - Bor'chu
3. Sh'ma
4. Micho Mocho
5. Sanctification
6. May The Words Of My Mouth
7. Kiddush
8. Torah Service- Adoration
9. Final Ames

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5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2008): 6 Mar 2011
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Herbie Hancock - Hear O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz (Johnny)
This is pretty special. A Friday night prayer concert, recorded in 1968 in New York. The music was composed by 17 year old Jonathan Klein at the request of Rabbi David Davis, and the jazz sextet on the recording was led by Herbie Hancock, then a veteran of Miles Davis' band, and already had put his name to several landmark recordings of his own.

A mere four years later he would record Head Hunters and take the genre to the funky side, but there's nothing here that might suggest Level 42 could possibly be the final destination. "Hear O Israel" is far more in tune with much horn and piano led `60s jazz. Hancock trades licks with Jerome Richardson's sax and Thad Jones' trumpet, but it moves into pleasantly surreal territory when the operatic song-prayers come in and the Rabbi reads.

Johnny Trunk states in the sleeve notes that Hear O Israel has "an overall sound you may not have experienced before", and he's spot on. I'm rapidly becoming a jazz buff - I've reached that age - and though only a novice, this is completely new to me, and I'm already curious to find out if there's more of this sort of thing out there. I suspect if there is, young Trunk's the man to find it. I'm relying on you, Johnny. 9/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miraculous 6 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Everything is wonderful, beginning from the idea, the disk story itself, Mr. Trunk's own and other texts. Musics and performance need no words.
Many thanks!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More jazz then prayer 24 Jun 2008
By jubster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Quite a facinating album addressing the intersection of jazz and religion. The concept of this is definitely novel and the musician lineup is top notch, but the result has some odd quirks.

Tracks "Torah Service/Adoration" and "Final Amen" (8 & 9) are the main "prayers" with the rabbi doing some preaching sounding like spoken word over a jazz vamp. The rest of the tracks are a mix of arranged vocal melodies and solid modal jazz. Sometimes they compliment each other, but the balance is constantly being shifted. If you're looking for quality jazz (especially Herbie), there's some really fun playing! His comping is swinging and crisp, and the solos are all quite tasteful and fresh.

If you're looking for lots of spiritual singing, be warned that there's many long instrumental solos and interludes. In addition, the arrangements for the 2 singers can get quite dissonant and distracting. I guess the composition is a great feat for a 17-year old composer (who also plays french horn admirably on the album), but the resulting vocals seem to have focused on complexity over melody.

Mixes of religious jazz can be intriguing, but but for those looking for more jazz and slightly tamer and accessible Jewish content, my favorite novelty recommendation is Cannonball Adderly's stellar Fiddler on the Roof, a hidden gem! Of course, if you want spiritual jazz and don't own it yet,A Love Supreme is mandatory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What happened to Jon Kline? 9 Oct 2009
By Anthony Corman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I attended Berklee in the 70s and Jon was teaching there. Brilliant guy, very talented. When we had to turn in tunes for his harmony class, he'd sight-transpose the melody off our lead sheets, playing flugelhorn with one hand and comping chords onpiano with the other hand!

I think he then left the school and wrote jingles, and I took a few lessons with him, but now there seems to be no trace of him. I hope he's OK and I hope he's being compensated for the rerelease of his work!
4.0 out of 5 stars chiming in that this is more interesting rather than great 11 Mar 2012
By Miklblike Bosco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The editorial review above may have been written by one of the producers of the reissue, or something, because it is is WAY more enthusiastic than makes sense to me. This is a very interesting project and at times pretty and uplifting, but also often somewhat tentative and at times even off-putting, to my ears. Certainly it's intended audience, jazzers with a spiritual interest in these themes, may be thrilled to find this. I am a moderately adventurous listener but without an interest in these themes, and not so interested in the history or the pedigree of the players, and I thought it was spotty - lovely at times, but not often enough for all those superlatives.
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3.0 out of 5 stars short on vocal 13 Aug 2008
By B. Salzberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What can be bad when it comes to Herbie Hancock? Not much. However, this CD has little to do with a Sabbath service and a lot to do with the JAZZ. The music is great but don't be fooled into thinking you're going to hear great vocals. As a matter of fact, on some of the numbers the vocals are hardly audible.
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