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Squeezing the life history of pianist Herbie Hancock into a note of this size is no easy task. By the time he was eleven he was already interpreting Mozart with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ever since he was a teenager however, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans have been his references. Coleman Hawkins, first of all, and then Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd were all stunned by his superb piano technique. Byrd even went so far as to open the doors of the Blue Note label to him, where in 1962 he recorded “Watermelon Man” which went on to be a major hit.
Five years in the Miles Davis Quintet, various electro-shock experiences in the 1970s, give the exact measure of this musician who before going on to win several Grammys had already touched the sky in 1977 with his return to acoustic jazz in V.S.O.P. (a variant of the Miles Quinter) and with a feisty duo with Chick Corea. And, just to round off the information, you need to know that he received an Oscar in 1986 for the soundtrack to Bertrand Tavernier’s film “Around Midnight”.
In recent years, Herbie Hancock has produced several conceptual projects such as “Gershwin’s World”, “River, The Joni Letters”, or “The Imagine Project”, and during this past summer he travelled to different cities in the United States and Canada on a lengthy tour with the saxophonist Kamasi Washington.
Components Herbie Hancock: piano and keyboards Lionel Loueke: guitar James Genus: bass Justin Tyson: drums Elena Pinderhughes: flute and voice