Live: Herbie Hancock @ Tanglewood, 8/9/10

August 12th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock


Not what I was hoping for.

Herbie Hancock brought his “The Imagine Project” tour to Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood on Monday night and the show veered far afield of “jazz concert” and deep into the realm of “rock show” with lots of flashing swirling lights, keyboardist Greg Pillinganes’ repeated exhortations for the audience to clap along and vocalist Kristina Train’s big, soulful voice often overpowering the rest of the music onstage.

Yes, the 70-year-old Hancock did play a bit of jazz, but mostly it was as dense as a thicket with meandering, randomly interwoven solos.

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