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.

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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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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
2005 Live: Detroit/Chicago Herbie Hancock 1
2006 Live Voyage Herbie Hancock with Jaco Pastorius 1
Day Dreams Herbie Hancock 1
Fraze Pavilion, Kettering: 2005/06/09 Herbie Hancock 1
Future 2 Future - LIVE (at the Knitting Factory) Herbie Hancock 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Technovoodu: Astral Black Simulations Herbie Hancock-Bill Laswell 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Blow-Up Herbie Hancock 3 3
1973 The Spook Who Sat By The Door Herbie Hancock 5 1
1974 Death Wish Herbie Hancock 2
1986 'Round Midnight Herbie Hancock 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 I Thought It Was You Herbie Hancock 2
1981 Magic Number Herbie Hancock 1
1983 Rockit Herbie Hancock 2
1998 Rockit / Passion Herbie Hancock / The Flirts 1
2000 Sade 2000 / Rockit! 2000 Sade / Herbie Hancock 1
Hardrock Herbie Hancock 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Essence (Mixes) Herbie Hancock 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Rabbit Ears: World Tales, Volume 5 Bob Hoskins, original music by Eugene Friesen; Catherine O'Hara, original music by Boys of the Lough; Whoopi Goldberg, original music by Herbie Hancock 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Jazz Masters (E.F.S.A. Collection) Herbie Hancock 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Jazz Africa Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso 2
1986 Town Hall Concert Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, James Newton & Tony Williams 2
1996-01-18: Regent Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan Herbie Hancock 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 The Essence Herbie Hancock 1

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