Last night, legendary Jazz pianist/keyboardist/godfather Herbie Hancock brought a unique band and some incredible opening acts with him to the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The show, which was organized by This Is Our Music and LPR Presents, featured a heavy-hitting opening lineup of soul musician Jamie Lidell and the electro-r&b of the Robert Glasper Experiment, and found Hancock performing a headlining set in Brooklyn for the first time in 50 years.After a short but intense downpour delayed the opening of doors for a few minutes, the crowd was allowed inside the venue for a mini set by Jamie Lidell. The British crooner, who was playing his only U.S. tour date for the forseeable future, is supporting a new forthcoming album called Building a Beginning, which will be released on October 14th.The real fireworks started when the Robert Glasper Experiment took the stage. The band, made up of Glasper on piano and keys, Derrick Hodge on bass, Casey Benjamin on saxophone, keytar, and vocoder, and Mark Colenburg on drums, took the audience on a quick trip to space via their unique blend of jazz fusion, hip-hop, and r&b. This band is one of the best improv outfits on the planet, and their set weaves between original tracks, unique and unexpected covers, and a healthy dose of full-band improvisation. The band unfortunately had to cut a few minutes from their set due to the rain delay, but made up for it in kind with an epic set-closing tribute to J. Dilla, during which Glasper surprised the audience by bringing out Bilal and Common to sing and spit a few bars, respectively. The collaboration felt very “Brooklyn”, and was a perfect fit for the larger-than-usual audience the Experiment were afforded.Finally, Herbie Hancock, the master, took the stage with his impressive band. The players in his band were a who’s who of modern jazz greats: James Genus from the Saturday Night Live house band on bass, West African legend Lionel Loueke on guitar, famed session drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr., and To Pimp A Butterfly mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin on keyboards, vocoder, and saxophone.The band was hot right out of the gates, opening with the uptempo 1974 jazz fusion track “Actual Proof”. The crowd was entranced by the virtuosity of the band, as they whipped from one idea to the other as the band worked themselves through the tune. After Hancock took a few minutes to introduce the band members to the audience, they launched into a winding version of “Overture” that featured impressive playing from Lawrence, as he picked up the rhythm of the jam and built it up until the song’s epic climax.Hancock followed that up with his classic “Watermelon Man”, and the funky track was met with huge applause from the enraptured audience. Loueke then led the band through a Afrobeat-tinged version of “Come Running To Me”, which featured some impressive soloing on the keytar from Hancock. Finally, things came to a close with a danceable version of “Cantaloupe Island” that saw Hancock and his band trading licks with ease.After a short break, the band returned to the stage for a synthed-out performance of Hancock’s best known song, “Chameleon”. The crowd went absolutely crazy for the track, and Hancock picked up the keytar again for a wild solo that was the perfect exclamation mark to cap off an excellent evening in Prospect Park.In the end, it was a truly amazing night in Brooklyn. Usually relegated to small clubs and festival appearances, it was amazing to see a show of jazz legends with thousands of other people in one of New York City’s most reliable cultural centers. The Robert Glasper Experiment and Herbie Hancock both put on incredible shows filled with improv and experimentation, and the crowd absolutely ate it up. We hope it doesn’t take another 50 years for Herbie to return to Brooklyn!Herbie Hancock | Celebrate Brooklyn! | Prospect Park Band Shell | 8/11/2016Set One: Actual Proof, Overture, Watermelon Man, Come Running To Me, Cantaloupe IslandEncore: Chameleon[photo via @briccelebratebk]
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Game 2 is Wednesday night.The Clippers led by 18 points (79-61) late in the third quarter and by 17 (86-69) early in the fourth before the Spurs cut that to nine (90-81). But a 7-0 run, starting with a 3-point play by Blake Griffin, restored order.• VIDEO: Chris Paul on Game 1 winGriffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 17 off the bench and shot 7 of 10. And DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.“They played harder longer,” San Antonio’s Tim Duncan said. Griffin agreed.“We came out with great energy and made stops,” he said.Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 18 points and Duncan had 11 points and 11 rebounds.The Clippers played outstanding defense, holding the Spurs to 36.6-percent shooting. The Clippers shot 51.3 percent.A big key to the victory was holding off the Spurs when they made that run to cut the deficit to nine points. With 7:35 to play, there was still plenty of time left for the Spurs to come all the way back.“You have two very good teams and there is no lead safe with either team,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “One of the things we talked about coming into this series, we were going to have to have great resolve.”Paul, in particular, was just a beast. He scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. His counterpart, Tony Parker, was impressed.“He does a little bit of everything,” said Parker, who tweaked an ankle but still played 28-plus minutes, scoring 10 points but had just one assist. “He got it going. He got his outside shot going. We try to take away the lobs and he made the shots.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was matter of fact when assessing the game.“The game was, their defense was better than our offense,” he said. “Their aggressiveness, their physicality, their athleticism really hurt us offensively.”Rivers referred to Paul just the other day as being a man on a mission. Paul has not been past the second round of the playoffs during his career, and that is always a topic of conversation once the postseason gets under way.Paul didn’t want to really go there postgame.“It’s not about my sense of urgency, it’s about the team’s sense of urgency,” he said.The Clippers, as an organization, have never been past the second round, either.It appeared Paul had that special look of determination in his eyes.“I don’t know, he was making shots,” Rivers said. “He put a lot of pressure on the defense. And what makes Chris and Parker both so good is if you try to take away their shots, then they beat you with the pass. If you try to take away their passes, they can beat you with the shot.”Paul beat the Spurs with his shot, and much more, in this Game 1 that had several big plays. One that really got the crowd going came midway through third quarter when the Clippers’ Matt Barnes got into a vicious wrestling match for the ball with San Antonio center Aron Baynes.The two went tumbling over photographers. When Barnes emerged from the fracas, he pounded his chest and the fans went wild.“I thought there were a lot of little moments for us in the game like that,” Rivers said. “Matt’s play, and I thought Jamal making shots in that stretch right before the end of halftime (was big).”Crawford had struggled mightily with his shot in the four games he played since coming back from missing 17 games with a calf injury. He said he’s starting to feel like himself again.“Yeah, I did,” he said. “I thought the days in between last game and this game, I was able to get some work in, get my conditioning right.”Not to be left out, Griffin threw down a tomahawk dunk in the third for a 77-61 lead that nearly brought down the house. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul of the Clippers admitted Sunday morning he woke up with butterflies.“Yeah, I guess, every game,” he said.They must have been gone by the time Game 1 of the Clippers’ Western Conference first-round playoff series rolled around Sunday night because Paul played spectacularly. He scored 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting, doled out six assists and grabbed seven rebounds and the Clippers came through with a rousing 107-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs before 19,309 at Staples Center.• PHOTOS: Clippers beat Spurs in Game 1