Herbie Hancock (US jazz pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer)

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Herbert Jeffrey Hancock, born in Chicago, IL, USA, is without doubt the most well known, controversial and influential of all jazz pianists.
Soon noticed by and involved with Miles Davis, Mr Hancock almost stormed the hardbop Blue Note 60's with a number of legendary sessions, from his (nearly) first record Takin' Off, to The Prisoner.
Recording with the new Mile's cats, he then took an important turn (around the time of Head Hunters), experimenting and mixing genres, thus drifting from his previous fan base expectations.
While the hardbop's crowd thought he was completely lost for the cause, he then took a radical U-turn, with the all-stars-all-jazz V.S.O.P.
He has since recorded and experimented in a lot of directions, exploring "sound textures" and touring with various bands.
Certainly a very complex personality, with an extensive discography.

Annotation last modified on 2008-01-05 02:28 UTC.

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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieved success among pop audiences.

Hancock's best-known compositions include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man" (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", and the singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Takin' Off Herbie Hancock 5 13
1963 My Point of View Herbie Hancock 5
1964 Empyrean Isles Herbie Hancock 5 9
1964 Inventions & Dimensions Herbie Hancock 4 7
1965 Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock 4 9
1968 Speak Like a Child Herbie Hancock 7
1969 Fat Albert Rotunda Herbie Hancock 5
1969 The Prisoner Herbie Hancock 9
1970 Mwandishi Herbie Hancock 4 5
1971 Crossings Herbie Hancock 6
1973 Head Hunters Herbie Hancock 3 16
1973 Sextant Herbie Hancock 4 6
1974 Thrust Herbie Hancock 7
1975 Kawaida Herbie Hancock & Don Cherry 1
1975 Man-Child Herbie Hancock 8
1976 Secrets Herbie Hancock 5 4
1977 Third Plane Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock & Tony Williams 4
1978 Sunlight Herbie Hancock 4
1979 Feets Don't Fail Me Now Herbie Hancock 4
1979 The Piano Herbie Hancock 3
1980 Monster Herbie Hancock 4
1980 Mr. Hands Herbie Hancock 5
1981 Magic Windows Herbie Hancock 4
1981 Herbie Hancock Trio Herbie Hancock 3
1982 Lite Me Up Herbie Hancock 3
1982 Quartet Herbie Hancock 5 6
1983 Directstep Herbie Hancock 3
1983 Future Shock Herbie Hancock 10
1984 Sound-System Herbie Hancock 5
1985 Village Life Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso 4 2
1988 Perfect Machine Herbie Hancock 4
1993 The Egg Herbie Hancock 1
1994 A Tribute to Miles Davis Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wallace Roney & Tony Williams 2
1994 Dis Is da Drum Herbie Hancock 5 6
1995 The Originals Herbie Hancock 1
1995 Jammin' With Herbie Herbie Hancock 1
1996 The New Standard Herbie Hancock 5
1997 1+1 Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter 3
1998 Gershwin's World Herbie Hancock 5
1999 Voyager Herbie Hancock 1
2000 Jammin' With Herbie Herbie Hancock 1
2000 Out of This World Herbie Hancock 1
2000 Night Walker Herbie Hancock 1
2001 Future 2 Future Herbie Hancock 4
2005 Possibilities Herbie Hancock 4
2007 River: The Joni Letters Herbie Hancock 5
2008 Late Night Jazz Favorites Herbie Hancock 1
2008 Hear, O Israel - A Prayer Ceremony in Jazz Herbie Hancock / Thad Jones / Ron Carter / Jerome Richardson / Grady Tate / Jonathan Klein 2
2010 The Imagine Project Herbie Hancock 3
2012 Complete Live at Jorgie's 1961 The Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Quintet feat. Herbie Hancock 1
Complete Recordings Eric Dolphy Quintet feat. Herbie Hancock 1
Jammin the Jazz Herbie Hancock 1
Jazz Time - 2 Herbie Hancock 1
Maiden Voyage / Speak Like a Child Herbie Hancock 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock 1
1976 Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner Chick Corea / Herbie Hancock / Keith Jarrett / McCoy Tyner 3
1988 The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years Herbie Hancock 5 4
1991 The Very Best Of Herbie Hancock 1
1991 The Collection Herbie Hancock 1
1992 The Best Of, Volume 2 Herbie Hancock 1
1994 Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock 1
1994 Mwandishi: Complete Warner Bros. Recordings Herbie Hancock 1
1996 Les Incontournables Herbie Hancock 1
1996 Jazz & Blues Collection 63: Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock 1
1997 Jazz Profile: Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock 1
1997 Dance Singles Herbie Hancock 1
1998 This Is Jazz 35 Herbie Hancock 1
1998 Dr Jazz Herbie Hancock 1
1998 Mr Funk Herbie Hancock 1
2000 The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Hits! Herbie Hancock 1
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Herbie Hancock 2
2001 Back-to-Back Quincy Jones / Herbie Hancock 1
2001 Mouth Music Bobby McFerrin with Herbie Hancock, Yo‐Yo Ma 1
2004 The Best of Herbie Hancock: Blue Note Years, Volume 20 Herbie Hancock 1
2004 Jazz Moods: 'Round Midnight Herbie Hancock 1
2006 The Essential Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock 4
2006 The Collection: A Selection of Tracks From the Blue Note Years Herbie Hancock 2
2006 Jazz to Funk Herbie Hancock 1
2007 The Finest in Jazz Herbie Hancock 1
2007 Coleção Folha clássicos do jazz, Volume 2 Herbie Hancock 1
2008 Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock 4
2010 Watermelon Man: The Ultimate Hancock! Herbie Hancock 1
2011 Playlist: The Very Best of Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock 1
2011 The Best of Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock 1
2013 The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972 - 1988 Herbie Hancock 1
2014 The Warner Bros. Years (1969-1972) Herbie Hancock 1
A Jazz Collection Herbie Hancock 1
Backtracks Quincy Jones & Herbie Hancock 1
Best of Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock 1
Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions Herbie Hancock 1
The Best of Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock 1
The Herbie Hancock Box Herbie Hancock 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Dedication Herbie Hancock 3
1975 Flood Herbie Hancock 5
1977 Ivanhoe Theatre Herbie Hancock with Jaco Pastorius 1
1978 An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea 7
1979 An Evening with Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea 3
1992 Parallel Realities Live... Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock & Dave Holland 1
1997 V.S.O.P. Herbie Hancock 2
2002 Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker & Roy Hargrove 2

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