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Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang in Chinese-American ‘Rockit’ Pact

Jazz great Herbie Hancock and Chinese phenom Lang Lang met at the grand piano during Wednesday night’s state dinner for Hu Jintao at the White House.

James Fallows has the critical backgrounder.

It’s cool.  But what a pity that they didn’t restage Hancock’s famous live rendition of “Rockit” from the 1984 Grammy Awards. 

You know those CPC Standing Committee members would have dug the lockstep action at the 2:03 mark.

Still, it might have been a little much for George and Martha Washington, who are looking down on the scene from those East Room portraits.


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