River - The Joni Letters is a tribute album from Herbie Hancock, featuring covers of songs originally written and performed by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Tina Turner contributed the wonderful jazz song „Edith And The Kingpin“. In 2008, the album was honored with a Grammy Award in the category „Album of the Year“.
Written by Joni Mitchell ● Produced and Arranged by Larry Klein and Herbie Hancock ● Piano: Herbie Hancock ● Soprano and Tenor Saxophone: Wayne Shorter ● Bass: Dave Holland ● Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta ● Guitar: Lionel Loueke
★ Promo release in 2007
... followed immediately by the ethereal yet from-the-gut version of "Edith and the Kingpin," sung by Turner (it should be noted here that she is in fine voice, since she hadn't been heard from in quite a while). In this latter cut, it's a testament to the singer, the writer, and Hancock, how deeply soulful this performance is. Turner is one of the great soul singers, but this ballad lends itself to another kind of reading and is therefore radically reinterpreted here with Turner's trademark phrasing, and the restraint doesn't give up an ounce of the emotion in it.