From Paul de Barros’ Friday Seattle Times Column:

The 10-day Vancouver Jazz Festival, which starts Friday, is too good to need much hype, but this year Seattleites had the luxury of previewing the celebration’s stellar festival opening show.

Riding the wave of his Grammy-winning Album of the Year, “River: The Joni Letters,” Herbie Hancock delivered a tight, energetic and surprisingly hard-edged concert Wednesday at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

Though the 7:30 p.m. Seattle show started late (due to reported sound problems) and a few people walked out because of excessive volume, the venerable ex-Miles Davis keyboard man’s all-star band played past 9:30, and earned a well-deserved standing ovation.

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  1. The concert here in Seattle was musically fantastic, or what I could hear of it anyways. I was sitting on the floor on the right side of the hall and the sound was a mushy wash of noise. What a bummer. Am I the only one that has this experience with jazz concerts at Benaroya? I heard Keith Jarret there a few years ago–let me rephrase that: I heard Jack deJohnette’s high-hat at Benaroya. I thought I’d give it another try but was equally disappointed this time. I’m not against excessive volume but in that hall, it absolutely kills the music. It’s an acoustic venue and a little sound reinforcement goes a long ways. I have spoken.

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