Will this be the biggest week of the year for jazz headliners in Denver? Judge for yourself.
Keyboardist and bandleader Herbie Hancock has been confounding expectations since the release of his first solo album, “Taking Off,” in 1962. A long tenure with Miles Davis Second Great Quintet in the ’60s certainly helped foster his sense of adventurousness, and he followed Davis with numerous groundbreaking synthesizer-based recordings. It’s hard to know exactly what style of music Hancock will be performing when he brings his group to the Denver Botanic Gardens on Aug. 14. Recent reviews indicate he’s been playing some of his classic material (like the beloved “Cantaloupe Island”) with forays into electronic instrumentation, and his current working band includes newer artists like guitarist Lionel Loueke and hip-hop associated saxophonist Terrace Martin. So even if Hancock is venturing back toward some of his older material, expect those well-known melodies with a technologically up to date spin.
On the following night, Hancock contemporary Chick Corea (the two surprised Stevie Wonder onstage at Denver’s Pepsi Center in 2015) will play the Botanic Gardens. Like Hancock, Corea is a multi-genre exploratory keyboardist, and he’s just as seemingly inexhaustible. Corea is bringing his popular Elektric Band to the outdoor venue, featuring accomplished band members John Patitucci on bass, drummer Dave Weckl, saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Frank Gambale. All of the members of the quintet are respected bandleaders themselves, and those who appreciate the sort of intense virtuosity this group can provide should not miss out. Banjoist Bela Fleck and The Flecktones will share the bill. Get information on both nights at concerts.botanicgardens.org.
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Source:: The Denver Post