Herbie Hancock: The New Standard (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Keyboardist Herbie Hancock has put his electronic gadgets, which he used so well on last year’s techno-funk effort “Dis Is Da Drum,” back in the closet for the acoustic-geared jazz album “The New Standard.” The 10-track set reworks pop songs by such highly regarded composers as Don Henley, Prince and Nirvana.

Unfortunately, the music seldom captivates and is unlikely to satisfy jazz or pop fans.

GRADE: C

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