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Building a Jazz Library

Herbie Hancock: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Herbie Hancock: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


The title of Herbie Hancock's 1973 hit single “Chameleon," pulled from his jazz-funk monster Head Hunters (Columbia), was an apt one. Hancock had already undergone several transformations: from the blues-and-gospel-infused vibe of his Blue Note debut, Takin' Off (1962), to more experimentally inclined Blue Note albums in the mid-to-late 1960s, and on to his early 1970s sextet Mwandishi, once dubbed “the thinking fan's fusion band." Along the way, as a member of Miles Davis' so-called “second great ...

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Rediscovery

Herbie Hancock: Thrust

Read "Herbie Hancock: Thrust" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer


Haters can hate, but that molten decade sprung between the mid-Sixties and mid-Seventies was a smorgasbord of innovation and adventure in music. While the heady spirit of freedom—and hyper-stimuli of psychedelics—didn't exactly wreak genius upon the average human mind (whose imaginative reach crested at tie-dye shirts, living in tepees, and emancipating body hair), original artists went and dove over the edges of all kinds of edges. Music, for one, would never be the same; nor, perhaps, ever as rampantly inspired. ...

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Live Review

North Sea Jazz 2022

Read "North Sea Jazz 2022" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


North Sea Jazz Festival Ahoy Rotterdam Rotterdam, The Netherlands July 8-10, 2022 The post-pandemic, new North Sea normal seemed much the same as before, except the stakes were higher than usual due to economic recovery issues and continued uncertainty regarding Covid-19 resurgence. While the global entertainment sector bloomed back into big summer business on many musical fronts, there was no single weekend event under the sometimes misleading “jazz festival" designation that could ...

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Just For Fun

Herbie Hancock In $3 Million 'Watermelon' Fight

Read "Herbie Hancock In $3 Million 'Watermelon' Fight" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Jazz legend Herbie Hancock knows better than most that jazz is the sound of surprise, after all, the 81-year-old pianist has sprung plenty of musical surprises in a glittering six-decade-career that has seen him embrace modal jazz, hard-bop, jazz-funk and electronic disco. But imagine Hancock's surprise when he was recently hit with a $3 million lawsuit... for plagiarism. The song that Hancock is alleged to have ripped off is “Watermelon Man," an uber-catchy number from his debut album, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Brad Shepik, Carles Benavent, New York Gypsy All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine, Larry Coryell

Read "Brad Shepik, Carles Benavent, New York Gypsy All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine, Larry Coryell" reviewed by Len Davis


Part 2 of our special segment featuring Ethnic Embraces taken from a series of articles from Mike Jacobs on all About Jazz called Backtracks featuring New York Gypsies, Carles Benavent and Brad Shepik. We then visit the seventies with music from Herbie Hancock, Brand X, Soft Machine, and Larry Coryel. Playlist New York Gypsy All Stars “Happy Feet" from Dromomania (Self Produced) 00:00 Brad Shepik “Sazbek" from The Loan (Song Lines) 06:30 Carles Benavent"el Tiempo" from Quartet (Bebyne) ...

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Interview

Catching up with Herbie Hancock

Read "Catching up with Herbie Hancock" reviewed by Mike Brannon


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 1998. Seldom has a musician been so closely associated with two separate musical genres as has pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. Originally introduced to the world as part of Miles Davis' mid-60's group, which also included Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Ron Carter, Hancock also made a name for himself in the pop world as well, starting with the Headhunters band in '72 and ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Soul Jazz of Saxophonists (Donaldson, Newman, Turrentine) and Pianists (Hancock, Lewis, McCann) (1958 - 1969)

Read "The Soul Jazz of Saxophonists (Donaldson, Newman, Turrentine) and Pianists (Hancock, Lewis, McCann)  (1958 - 1969)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Soul Jazz developed in the late 1950s and become a staple of ghetto jukeboxes. Its catchy lines, heavy beat and blues-influenced phasing became a popular alternative to other jazz forms evolving in the 1960s. In addition to the guitar and organ led ensembles that have been featured in the previous two hours of Jazz at 100, a number of saxophonists and pianists became best-selling soul jazz stars. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Lou Donaldson Quintet. “Blues Walk" from Blues ...


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