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Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
Born: Apr 12, 1940 in Chicago, IL
Genres: Jazz
Styles: Electro, Modal Music, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Fusion, Jazz-Funk
Instruments: Piano (Electric), Leader, Keyboards, Composer, Piano, Synthesizer

Herbie Hancock will always be one of the most revered and controversial figures in jazz - just as his employer/mentor Miles Davis was when he was alive. Unlike Miles, who pressed ahead relentlessly and never looked back until near the very end, Hancock has cut a zigzagging forward path, shuttling between almost every development in electronic and acoustic jazz and R&B over the last third of the 20th century. Though grounded in Bill Evans and able to absorb blues, funk, gospel, and even modern classical influences, Hancock's piano and keyboard voices are entirely his own, with their own urbane harmonic and complex, earthy rhythmic signatures - and young pianists cop his licks constantly. Having studied engineering and professing to love gadgets and buttons, Hancock was perfectly suited for the electronic age; he was one of the earliest champions of the Rhodes electric piano and Hohner clavinet and would field an ever-growing collection of synthesizers and computers on his electric dates. Yet his love for the grand piano never waned, and despite his peripatetic activities all around the musical map, his piano style continues to evolve into tougher, ever-more-complex forms. He is as much at home trading riffs with a smoking funk band as he is communing with a world-class post bop rhythm section - and that drives purists on both sides of the fence up the wall.

Having taken up the piano at age seven, Hancock quickly became known as a prodigy, soloing in the first movement of a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony at the age of 11. After studies at Grinnell College, Hancock was invited by Donald Byrd in 1961 to join his group in New York City, and before long, Blue Note offered him a solo contract. His debut album Takin' Off took off indeed after Mongo Santamaria covered one of the album's songs, "Watermelon Man." In May 1963, Miles Davis asked him to join his band in time for the Seven Steps to Heaven sessions, and he remained there for five years, greatly influencing Miles' evolving direction, loosening up his own style, and upon Miles' suggestion, converting to the Rhodes electric piano. In that timespan, Hancock's solo career also blossomed on Blue Note, pouring forth increasingly sophisticated compositions like "Maiden Voyage," "Cantaloupe Island," "Goodbye to Childhood" and the exquisite "Speak Like a Child." He also played on many East Coast recording sessions for producer Creed Taylor and provided a groundbreaking score to Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow Up, which gradually led to further movie assignments.

Having left the Davis band in 1968, Hancock recorded an elegant funk album Fat Albert Rotunda and in 1969 formed a sextet that evolved into one of the most exciting, forward-looking jazz-rock groups of the era. Now deeply immersed in electronics, Hancock added the synthesizer of Patrick Gleeson to his Echoplexed, fuzz-wah-pedaled electric piano and clavinet, and the recordings became spacier and more complex rhythmically and structurally, creating its own corner of the avant-garde. By 1970, all of the musicians used both English and African names (Herbie's was Mwandishi). Alas, Hancock had to break up the band in 1973 when it ran out of money, and having studied Buddhism, he concluded that his ultimate goal should be to make his audiences happy.

The next step, then, was a terrific funk group whose first album, Head Hunters, with its Sly Stone-influenced hit single "Chameleon," became the biggest-selling jazz LP up to that time. Now handling all of the synthesizers himself, Hancock's heavily rhythmic comping often became part of the rhythm section, leavened by interludes of the old urbane harmonies. Hancock recorded several electric albums of mostly superior quality in the '70s, followed by a wrong turn into disco around the decade's end. In the meantime, Hancock refused to abandon acoustic jazz. After a one-shot reunion of the 1965 Miles Davis Quintet (Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, with Freddie Hubbard sitting in for Miles) at New York's 1976 Newport Jazz Festival, they went on tour the following year as V.S.O.P. The near-universal acclaim of the reunions proved:

a. That Hancock was still a whale of a pianist.
b. That Miles' loose mid-'60s post bop direction was far from spent.
c. That the time for a neo-traditional revival was near, finally bearing fruit in the '80s with Wynton Marsalis and his ilk.
V.S.O.P. continued to hold sporadic reunions through 1992, though the death of the indispensible Williams in 1997 casts much doubt as to whether these gatherings will continue.

Hancock continued his chameleonic ways in the '80s - scoring an MTV hit in 1983 with the scratch-driven, proto-industrial single "Rockit" (accompanied by a striking video); launching an exciting partnership with Gambian kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso that culminated in the swinging 1986 live album Jazz Africa; doing film scores; playing festivals and tours with the Marsalis brothers, George Benson, Michael Brecker and many others. After his 1988 techno-pop album Perfect Machine, Hancock left Columbia (his label since 1973), signed a contract with Qwest that came to virtually nothing (save for A Tribute To Miles in 1992), and finally made a deal with PolyGram in 1994 to record jazz for Verve and release pop albums on Mercury. Now well into a youthful middle age, Hancock's curiosity, versatility and capacity for growth have shown no signs of fading, and in 1998 he issued Gershwin's World.

- Richard S. Ginell (All Music Guide)


Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=7381 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
www.warr.org/hancock.html Biography, discography
www.herbie-hancock.com Official website. Biography, discography, photos, links
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbie_Hancock About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbie_Hancock About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Herbie Hancock - 'A Tribute To Miles' - 1994, Dora, Qwest, Reprise
 Herbie Hancock - 'An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea In Concert' - 1992, Columbia
 Herbie Hancock - 'Cantaloupe Island' - 1995, Blue Note
 Herbie Hancock - 'Directions In Music: Live At Massey Hall' - 2002, Verve
 Herbie Hancock - 'Directstep' - 1978, Columbia
 Herbie Hancock - 'Flood' - 1975, Import
 Herbie Hancock - 'Future 2 Future' - 2001, Transparent Music
 Herbie Hancock - 'Gershwin's World' - 1998, Grammy Records
 Herbie Hancock - 'Hancock Island: The Music Of Herbie Hancock' - 2008, Chesky
 Herbie Hancock - 'Head Hunters. Thrust' - 1973, Columbia
 Herbie Hancock - 'Maiden Voyage. Speak Like A Child' - Blue Note
 Herbie Hancock - 'Man-Child' - 1976, CBS Records
 Herbie Hancock - 'Quartet' - 1981, Columbia
 Herbie Hancock - 'Sextant' - 1972, Columbia, Legacy
 Herbie Hancock - 'Sound System' - 1984, Columbia
 Herbie Hancock - 'Takin' Off. Empyrean Isles' - Blue Note, Galactic
 Herbie Hancock - 'The Best Of Funky Jazz' - 2004, Jazz Notes
 Herbie Hancock - 'The Egg' - 1994, Music Reflexion
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Michael Brecker - 'Nearness Of You' - 2001, Verve
 Miles Davis - 'Get Up With It' - 1975, Columbia, Legacy
 Eliane Elias - 'Solos And Duets' - 1995, Blue Note
 Peter Johannesson - 'Sixtus' - 1995, Universal IMS
 Christian McBride - 'Fingerpainting: The Music Of Herbie Hancock' - 1997, Verve
 Tony Williams - 'Wilderness' - 1996, Ark 21
  как соисполнитель ...
 George Benson - 'Giblet Gravy' - 1968, Polygram
 George Benson - 'Givin' It Up' - 2006, Concord
 George Benson - 'Shape Of Things To Come' - 1968, A&M
 George Benson - 'The Other Side Of Abbey Road. Give Me The Night' - 1969, A&M, Warner
 George Benson - 'White Rabbit. Good King Bad' - Columbia
 Chris Botti - 'Impressions' - 2012, Columbia
 Michael Brecker - 'Don't Try This At Home' - 1988, Impulse!, Galactic
 Bunny Brunel - 'Ivanhoe' - 1983, Planet Blue Records
 Jonathan Butler - 'Head To Head' - 1994, Polygram
 Donald Byrd - 'A New Perspective' - 1963, EMI
 Donald Byrd - 'Birdhouse' - 2002, Delta Jazz
 Dori Caymmi - 'Kicking Cans' - 1993, Qwest
 Vinnie Colaiuta - 'Vinnie Colaiuta' - 1994, Stretch
 Chick Corea - 'The Mad Hatter' - 1978, Verve, Polydor
 Miles Davis - 'A Tribute To Jack Johnson' - 1970, Sony
 Miles Davis - 'Big Fun' - 1974, Sony
 Miles Davis - 'Circle In The Round' - 1979, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'Cookin' At The Plugged Nickel' - 1965, Columbia
 Miles Davis - 'E.S.P.' - 1965, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'Filles De Kilimanjaro' - 1968, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'In A Silent Way' - 1969, Columbia
 Miles Davis - 'Live-Evil' - 1970, Columbia
 Miles Davis - 'Miles In The Sky' - 1968, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'Miles Smiles' - 1966, Columbia, Legacy, Ars Nova
 Miles Davis - 'My Funny Valentine' - 1965, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'Nefertiti' - 1967, Columbia
 Miles Davis - 'On The Corner' - 2000, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'Seven Steps To Heaven' - 1963, Columbia
 Miles Davis - 'The Complete Jack Johnson Session' - 2003, Columbia, Legacy
 Miles Davis - 'Water Babies' - 1977, Sony
 Eric Dolphy - 'The Illinois Concert' - 1963, Blue Note
 Kenny Dorham - 'Una Mas' - 1999, Blue Note, RVG Edition
 Joe Farrell - 'Moon Germs' - 1972, Columbia
 Nnenna Freelon - 'Maiden Voyage' - 1998, Concord Jazz
 Stan Getz - 'Cool Velvet. Voices' - 1960, Atlantic, Артель 'Восточный ветер'
 Stan Getz - 'The Lyrical Stan Getz' - 1974, Columbia, Sony Music
 Gigi - 'Gigi' - 2001, Palm Pictures
 Grant Green - 'Feelin' The Spirit' - 2005, Blue Note
 Al Grey - 'Snap Your Fingers' - 1962, Verve
 Joe Henderson - 'Double Rainbow' - 1994, Verve, Dora
 Joe Henderson - 'The Definitive Joe Henderson' - 2002, Verve
 Freddie Hubbard - 'Hub-Tones' - 1962, Blue Note
 Freddie Hubbard - 'Red Clay' - 1970, CBS Records
 Bobby Hutcherson - 'Components' - 1965, Blue Note
 Bobby Hutcherson - 'Oblique' - 1990, Blue Note
 Bobby Hutcherson - 'The Best Of The Blue Note Years' - 2001, Blue Note
 Norah Jones - '..Featuring Norah Jones' - 2010, EMI
 Quincy Jones - 'Back On The Block' - 1989, Qwest
 Quincy Jones - 'Body Heat' - 1974, A&M, Grammy Records
 Quincy Jones - 'Gula Matari' - 1970, A&M, IMS
 Quincy Jones - 'Sounds.. And Stuff Like That!!' - 1978, A&M
 Chaka Khan - 'What Cha' Gonna Do For Me' - 1981, WEA International
 Bill Laswell - 'Panthalassa - The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974' - 1998, Columbia
 Hubert Laws - 'Moondance' - 2004, Savoy Jazz
 Lionel Loueke - 'Karibu' - 2008, Blue Note, EMI
 Lionel Loueke - 'Virgin Forest' - 2006, ObliqSound
 Branford Marsalis - 'Renaissance' - 1987, Columbia
 Harvey Mason Sr. - 'With All My Heart' - 2004, RCA Victor, BMG, Bluebird
 Christian McBride - 'Sci-Fi' - 2000, Verve
 Bobby McFerrin - 'Mouth Music' - 2001, Sony Music
 Bobby McFerrin - 'Spontaneous Invention' - 1985, Blue Note, Dora
 Bobby McFerrin - 'The Best Of Bobby McFerrin' - 1996, Blue Note
 John McLaughlin - 'Five Peace Band Live' - 2000, Concord
 Jackie McLean - 'Vertigo' - 1963, Blue Note
 Marcus Miller - 'M2. Power & Grace' - 2001, Dreyfus
 Joni Mitchell - 'Dreamland' - 2004, Rhino
 Joni Mitchell - 'Mingus' - 1979, Asylum
 Joni Mitchell - 'Travelogue' - 2002, Warner Bros., Nonesuch
 Hank Mobley - 'Soul Station. The Turnaround!' - 1960, Азбука Звука, Blue Note
 Grachan Moncur III - 'Mosaic Select: Grachan Moncur III' - 2004, Mosaic
 Grachan Moncur III - 'Some Other Stuff' - 1964, Blue Note
 T.S. Monk - 'Monk On Monk' - 1997, N2K
 Wes Montgomery - 'Bumpin'. California Dreaming' - 1965, Verve
 Airto Moreira - 'Killer Bees' - 1993, B&W, AGAT
 Airto Moreira - 'Struck By Lightning' - 1989, Venture
 Lee Morgan - 'Cornbread' - 1965, Blue Note
 Lee Morgan - 'Standards' - 1998, Blue Note
 Najee - 'Songs From The The Key Of Life' - 1995, EMI
 Milton Nascimento - 'Angelus' - 1993, Warner Bros.
 Claus Ogerman - 'A Man And His Music' - 2004, Verve
 Jaco Pastorius - 'Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology' - 2003, Rhino, Warner Bros.
 Dianne Reeves - 'Dianne Reeves' - 1991, EMI, Galactic
 Sam Rivers - 'Contours' - 2004, Blue Note
 Diane Schuur - 'Friends For Schuur' - 2000, Concord Jazz
 Wayne Shorter - 'Adam's Apple' - 1966, Blue Note
 Wayne Shorter - 'Etcetera. The All Seeing Eye. Adam's Apple' - 1965, Blue Note
 Wayne Shorter - 'Schizophrenia' - 1967, Blue Note
 Wayne Shorter - 'Speak No Evil' - 1964, Blue Note
 Paul Simon - 'Surprise' - 2006, Legacy
 L. Subramaniam - 'Blossom' - 1981, MCA
 Toots Thielemans - 'East Coast. West Coast' - 1988, Private Music
 Ed Thigpen - 'Out Of The Storm' - 1966, Verve
 Steve Turre - 'Rhythm Within' - 1995, Verve
 Stanley Turrentine - 'Joyride' - 1965, Blue Note
 Stanley Turrentine - 'Music For Lovers' - 2006, Blue Note
 V.S.O.P. - 'Live Under The Sky' - 1981, Tristar, Sony
 V.S.O.P. - 'The Quintet' - 1977, Tristar
 Various Artists - 'Round Midnight' - 2002, Columbia
 Grover Washington Jr. - 'Prime Cuts: The Greatest Hits 1987-1999' - 1999, Columbia
 Grover Washington Jr. - 'Then And Now' - 1988, Columbia
 Mark Whitfield - 'Soul Conversation' - 2000, Transparent Music
 Buster Williams - 'Something More' - 1989, In + Out
 Bernie Worrell - 'Funk Of Ages' - 1990, Gramavision
 Attila Zoller - 'Gypsy Cry' - 1970, Collectables Jazz Classics
 


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