Music: Herbie Hancock
Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is a famous Jazz pianist from Chicago, known for being one of the genre's most important musicians and for his Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly style.A classically-trained pianist, Hancock began his career with the solo album Takin' Off in 1962, the source of his Signature Song "Watermelon Man". However, his career really took off once he joined Miles Davis' "second great quintet" a year later, where he stayed until 1968. In the quintet, he developed his signature style and started incorporating elements of rock music (especially towards the end).After being kicked out of the quintetnote , Hancock restarted his solo career. He proved to be just as experimental and wide-ranging as his mentor Davis, incorporating Funk, rock and Soul into his music and becoming the first jazz musician to fully embrace synthesizers and electric keyboards. With his 1974 album Head Hunters, he helped pioneer jazz fusion and obtained another Signature Song, "Chameleon". He moved in a more pop-oriented direction in the late seventies (which is frequently regarded as a Seasonal Rot by fans and critics), then in an electronic-industrial style alongside Bill Laswell in The Eighties, when he relased Future Shock (1983), which gave him another big hit, "Rockit", before returning to fusion and experimentalism in The Nineties, where he's stayed since. He won a Grammy in 2007 for his album of Cover Versions River: The Joni Letters.Albums:
- Black Sheep Hit: The hip-hop-electro-industrial hit "Rockit".
- Cool Shades
- Cover Version: Aside from River: The Joni Letters, he's also done a jazz rearrangement of Nirvana's "All Apologies".
- Dancing Pants: "Rockit".
- Epic Rocking: In his jazz-fusion era especially. The full version of "Chameleon" is over 15 minutes long, and that's not all.
- Sesame Street Cred: Appeared in an episode where he showed off the capabilities of electronic synthesizers.
- Shout-Out: The Cowboy Bebop episode "Speak Like a Child" takes its name from one of Hancock's songs.
- Surreal Music Video: "Rockit" and "Autodrive" (both from Future Shock).
- Uncommon Time: "Ostinato (Suite for Angela)" on Mwandishi is in 15/4.