Picks and Pans Review: Coast to Coast

updated 08/31/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/31/1987 01:00AM

Showtime (Sat., Aug. 29, 10 p.m. ET)

B+

Herbie Hancock plays host—and a little jazz too—in a fresh and ambitious music and comedy show. Coast to Coast does a super job of finding new talent or old talent doing new things. K.D. Lang, a Canadian woman, sings punk country—a real kick. Manhattan Transfer adds a Brazilian beat to its close-harmony vocals. At the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, you hear great moments in music from the Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Dr. John and a gospel choir. Robert Schimmel tells dirty jokes, but at least tells them well. Finally, Hancock jams with Joni Mitchell, David Sanborn, Bobby McFerrin and Wayne Shorter. The show is rough around lots of edges. When Hancock talks to the camera, he's a little unsure of himself; the church choir suffers from a bad sound system; sometimes the musicians talk too much. But those nits can be picked clean if Coast to Coast is made into a series—and it should be.

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