Herbie Hancock
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1940-04-12
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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz ...

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Biography

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. 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 (characterized by syncopated drum beats). Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

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Herbie Hancock
Ostinato [Suite For Angela] (Special Edit)
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Ostinato [Suite For Angela] (Special Edit) Ostinato [Suite For Angela] (Special Edit) Ostinato [Suite For Angela] (Special Edit) Ostinato [Suite For Angela] (Special Edit)
Herbie Hancock
Cantaloupe Island
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Cantaloupe Island Cantaloupe Island Cantaloupe Island Cantaloupe Island
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I Thought It Was You
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I Thought It Was You I Thought It Was You I Thought It Was You I Thought It Was You
Sam Rivers
So What
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So What So What So What So What
Herbie Hancock
Round Midnight (feat. Bobby McFerrin)
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Round Midnight (feat. Bobby McFerrin) Round Midnight (feat. Bobby McFerrin) Round Midnight (feat. Bobby McFerrin) Round Midnight (feat. Bobby McFerrin)
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Death Wish
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Death Wish Death Wish Death Wish Death Wish
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I Have A Dream
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I Have A Dream I Have A Dream I Have A Dream I Have A Dream
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Fat Mama
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Fat Mama Fat Mama Fat Mama Fat Mama
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Oliloqui Valley
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Oliloqui Valley Oliloqui Valley Oliloqui Valley Oliloqui Valley
Donald Byrd
And What If I Don’t (feat. Hank Mobley)
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And What If I Don’t (feat. Hank Mobley) And What If I Don’t (feat. Hank Mobley) And What If I Don’t (feat. Hank Mobley) And What If I Don’t (feat. Hank Mobley)
Herbie Hancock
Spank-A-Lee
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Spank-A-Lee Spank-A-Lee Spank-A-Lee Spank-A-Lee
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Blind Man, Blind Man
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Blind Man, Blind Man Blind Man, Blind Man Blind Man, Blind Man Blind Man, Blind Man
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Biography

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. 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 (characterized by syncopated drum beats). Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Hancock's best-known solo works 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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