Herbie Hancock (born 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 (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.