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World of Rythem
Release datum:
World of Rhythm
Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano, 1983

Herbie Hancock (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Billy Cobham (drums)

Toys (6:32)
First Trip (9:48)
Speak Like a Child (11:09)
Little Waltz (10:42)
Willow Weep For Me (7:37)
Dolphin Dance (10:05)
Ili’s Treasure (4:23)
Princess (12:38)
Eye of the Hurricane (8:15)
Walkin’ (7:56)

Release Dates
Re-release in Europe: March 2006
First release in the USA and Canada: March 2006

Continuing their series of highlight live recordings of the jazz greats, TDK presents a night of jazz-rock, recorded live at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano, Switzerland in 1983. The recording has been digitally remastered for DVD.

Three musical masters delighted the audience, performing primarily their own compositions and showing off their individual abilities as well as their inspired ensemble playing. The filming on this DVD captures the live atmosphere and the interaction between the three musicians – all of them renowned soloists and bandleaders. Their enjoyment of the concert is both visibly and audibly evident. They communicate attentively and their playing is joyful and contemplative by turns.

Pianist Herbie Hancock – who has never ceased to expand the public's vision of the meaning of jazz – has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning five decades.
He began his career as a classical wunderkind in the fifties. By the sixties he was already a young jazz giant, recording for the cult label “Blue Note” and creating modern jazz standards like “Watermelon Man” and “Cantaloupe Island”. In the seventies he was selling enormous numbers of records as a jazz rocker. In the eighties the Academy Award winner was changing places from funk to pop to jazz to film. Nowadays, Herbie Hancock is as untiring as ever: a father figure, whose music has become a source for imitation and sampling.
Ron Carter is among the most original and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,500 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats. A member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet during the 60s, film music composer, professor of music and two-times Grammy winner, he is a truly outstanding musician.
Billy Cobham has been on the international scene for more than 30 years and has become a legend for his matchless skills on the drum set and as a composer and bandleader. He is one of the few Percussionists, specializing in Jazz drum set, who lead their own bands.

These three giants of jazz joined forces in January 1983 at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano – a picturesque town in Southern Switzerland that has hosted the fine open air “Jazz Estival” in the summer for almost 30 years now. This concert preceded one by Gil Evans and his Orchestra the next day, which is also available on TDK (DVWW-JGEO).

It seems that Hancock, Carter and Cobham had a whole “World of Rhythm” at their fingertips, when they performed this concert. At the end of the 1960s, the world of jazz found itself in a deep crisis. Bebop seemed drained and rock had become the controlling direction in music. As jazz and rock have common roots, combining the styles was the obvious thing to do. Musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis and Chick Corea brought the new movement into swing. Surprisingly fresh sounds, rocking percussion rhythms, coupled with keyboard and e-guitar, became the standard of jazz-rock. Moreover, established jazz rockers looked beyond their own perimeters and allowed Indian, Latin American and African influences to enter, thus enriching their music in tone and rhythm. The double bass became more popular than ever before, and it was freed, from the role of walking bass. Musicians bade farewell to the traditional 3/4 and 4/4 time schemes and experimented with 5/4, 7/8, 15/8 and 19/8. The resulting asymmetrical rhythms and the beat divisions enlarged the structure of the whole and opened up new possibilities.