'''Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock''' (born April 12, 1940) is a famous {{Jazz}} pianist from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, known for being one of the genre's most important musicians and for his NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly style.

A classically-trained pianist, Hancock began his career with the solo album ''Takin' Off'' in 1962, the source of his SignatureSong "Watermelon Man". However, his career really took off once he joined MilesDavis' "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 quintet[[note]]officially for staying too long in Brazil on his honeymoon; the real reasons we can't really guess[[/note]], 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 ''Music/HeadHunters'', he helped pioneer jazz fusion and obtained another SignatureSong, "Chameleon". He moved in a more pop-oriented direction in the late seventies (which is frequently regarded as a SeasonalRot by fans and critics), then in an electronic-industrial style alongside Bill Laswell in TheEighties, when he relased ''Music/FutureShock'' (1983), which gave him another big hit, "Rockit", before returning to fusion and experimentalism in TheNineties, where he's stayed since. He won a Grammy in 2007 for his album of {{Cover Version}}s ''River: The [[Music/JoniMitchell Joni]] Letters''.

* ''Music/HeadHunters'' (1973)
* ''Music/FutureShock'' (1983)

* BlackSheepHit: The hip-hop-electro-industrial hit "Rockit".
* CoolShades
* CoverVersion: Aside from ''River: The [[Music/JoniMitchell Joni]] Letters'', he's also done a jazz rearrangement of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "All Apologies".
* DancingPants: "Rockit".
* EpicRocking: In his jazz-fusion era especially. The full version of "Chameleon" is over 15 minutes long, and that's not all.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared in an episode where he showed off the capabilities of electronic synthesizers.
* ShoutOut: The ''WesternAnimation/CowboyBebop'' episode "Speak Like a Child" takes its name from one of Hancock's songs.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Rockit" and "Autodrive" (both from ''Future Shock'').
* UncommonTime: "Ostinato (Suite for Angela)" on ''Mwandishi'' is in 15/4.