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Herbie Hancock: Quintessential Quintet Live

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It was a thunderous, sprawling, and intoxicatingly brilliant performance. And that was just the first fifteen minutes of Herbie Hancock's extraordinary concert Wednesday night, March 7, at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego, presented by the La Jolla Music Society. Before introducing his exceptionally talented bandmates, Hancock jokingly told the crowd that he, “didn't want to show up empty handed." There was no danger of that, given Hancock's band consisted of bassist James Genus, guitarist Lionel Loueke, ...

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Herbie Hancock at the Gaillard Center Music Hall

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Herbie Hancock Quartet Galliard Music Hall Charleston, SC October 18, 2017 Keyboardist and jazz legend, Herbie Hancock sat down at his synthesizer and immediately filled the Galliard Center Music Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on October 18th with a carpet of electronic sound, setting the stage for a panoply of ever shifting chords, rhythms, melodies and bombastics for the eagerly awaiting audience. If one were to assume that the traditional line up of ...

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60th Monterey Jazz Festival

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The Monterey Jazz Festival marked its 60th edition with an impressive programme, featuring 500 artists and over 130 concerts spread over eight stages during the third weekend of September. The stellar line up of musicians that graced the Monterey County Fairgrounds included Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile, Joe Lovano, Regina Carter, Linda May Han Oh, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Gerald Clayton, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Kenny Barron, Pedrito Martinez, ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2017

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Beautiful sunshine and perfect temperatures, were the backdrop for the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival. Coupled with good food and jazz lovers everywhere, the setting for an incredible weekend. But, this was only the icing. The “cake" was 500 musicians showing up for work, including some of the greatest jazz artists of all time. Headlining the hit list was Herbie Hancock. Add the ingredients of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Joe Lovano, John Beasley, and you have ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Herbie Hancock: Speak Like a Child – 1968

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Speak Like a Child feels like the mash-up of two separate albums. One is a lyrical set of three tunes--mellow songs with childhood themes. The other is a standard set of three bop tunes. Both are nice, but the quieter songs are maybe a bit too tame. Give Herbie Hancock credit for trying something new. He wrote all the tunes. Speak Like a Child is his sixth Blue Note record, and much of it sounds unlike his previous ...

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Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at the Philadelphia Academy of Music

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Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA April 11, 2015 Pianists Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are mega-multi-Grammy winning jazz legends, with active careers spanning over half a century. In the 1960s, they contributed to the post-bop revolution in jazz, and have been involved in almost all the developments since then, whether hard bop or jazz fusion, and specifically for Hancock, modal jazz, funk, and R&B; and for Corea, Latin, avant ...

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Top Ten Jazz Songs To Listen To While Watching Basketball

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Don't let the annoying jibber-jabber of announcers or a deluge of car commercials wreck your game. Turn the sound down and listen to these ten great jazz tracks as you watch your favorite NBA or college team keep the ball alive, jump on the fast break and drive it to the hoop. Basketball was made for jazz, and vice-versa! 1. Herbie Hancock: “Watermelon Man" From Takin' Off (Blue Note, 1962) This immortal, ...

PROFILES

Herbie Hancock: A Life Of Possibilities

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Herbie Hancock is a world treasure. The following are a review of his memoir Possibilities and an interview. The Book Review During more than a half-century in the public eye, Herbie Hancock has been acclaimed as a jazz pianist and composer and an explorer of new musical forms. He rose to fame in the 1960s as a member of trumpeter Miles Davis's quintet, then became a top-selling headliner with his jazz-fusion group Headhunters in the 1970s ...

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Herbie Hancock at Sava Centar in Belgrade

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Herbie Hancock Sava Centar Belgrade, Serbia November 27, 2014 Pianist Herbie Hancock's name alone might sell tickets as a symbol of integrity and innovation. His curious and ever innovative spirit for pushing boundaries and new technology has not only pushed jazz forward, but contemporary music as well. And it was the sounds of the rich pool of music that greeted the crowd gathered at the prestigious Sava Centar hall to see Herbie Hancock ...

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Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage

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Over the past forty-nine years there's been no shortage of ink spilled extolling the musical virtues of Herbie Hancock's 1965 recording, Maiden Voyage. Featuring the great trumpet of Freddie Hubbard and the bracing tenor of George Coleman, the record is as good as any effort turned in by Hancock during that period. It's a record every jazz fan should know. Unfortunately, Maiden Voyage also has a long-standing reputation for mediocre sound quality. In another review of an expensive ...

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Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972-1988

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As Legacy Records slowly works its way through complete album collection boxes for artists ranging from Stanley Clarke and The Brecker Brothers to the massive Miles Davis and Johnny Cash boxes, one of the notable absences has been keyboardist Herbie Hancock. While he was not a Columbia artist for as long as either Cash or Davis, he was around long enough to release a total of 31 albums over the course of seventeen years--though a full 25 percent of them ...


Emmanuel

Michel Colombier, one of the most prolific French film composers for over four decades, was enthralled by the sound of American jazz. He released this touching piece on his album "Wings" in 1972 and dedicated it to his son "Emmanuel" who passed away at the age of 5. On the recommendation of my producer Chris Montgomery, I arranged it for my Album "Without You" and recorded the music video in Oktaven Audio Studios, NY under the fantastic direction of Michael Robayo & Site B Studios featuring Simon Mulligan on piano. The recordings of Chris Botti and Branford Marsalis also highlight this incredibly sublime music.

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