Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

by Herbie Hancock
     
 

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Herbie Hancock has always had a restless soul and a limitless vision. He made his first LP as a leader when he was only twenty-two, then a year later joined Miles Davis's groundbreaking quintet. His writing and playing were an essential element of the Davis group's pioneering style -- but before the decade was out, he had left Davis and was leading bands of his own… See more details below

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Herbie Hancock has always had a restless soul and a limitless vision. He made his first LP as a leader when he was only twenty-two, then a year later joined Miles Davis's groundbreaking quintet. His writing and playing were an essential element of the Davis group's pioneering style -- but before the decade was out, he had left Davis and was leading bands of his own that bridged the gap between jazz, rock, and funk. In the Seventies Hancock's electric, funky side broke out altogether: Headhunters became the biggest-selling jazz record of the decade. But he didn't rest there, either, returning to acoustic playing in the late Seventies. All that he has done since is continue to tour and record with both electric and acoustic groups, innovating the new while perfecting the old; win an Oscar for his composing; and move in ever wider creative circles.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. This volume illustrates Herbie Hancock's metamorphosis from one of acoustic hard bop's finest composers to a pioneer of electric jazz-rock fusion, and finally into his brief yet popular flirtation with electro (the breakdance music that was techno's immediate forerunner). Serving in Miles Davis' legendary '60s quintet would have made Hancock a major figure in hard bop regardless, but his own albums for Blue Note were consistently impressive as well. Each of the four tracks here from those works -- "Watermelon Man," "Cantaloupe Island" (later sampled by jazz-rappers Us3 for a major hit), "Maiden Voyage," and "Speak Like a Child" -- are stone-cold classics. Hancock's highly popular fusion era is represented by three selections: one from his Mwandishi band that recorded for Warner Brothers and two from his Headhunters years on Columbia. And, of course, there's "Rockit," the catchy, all-electronic single that became a surprise hit thanks to MTV's embrace of its innovative video. The only questionable inclusion is a latter-day recording of the Stevie Wonder tune "You've Got It Bad Girl"; while it isn't bad, the space could have been used for another selection from one of Hancock's more historically important periods, since both the hard bop and fusion years were fertile enough to be covered in more detail. But even though there aren't many tracks on Ken Burns Jazz due to the lengths of the pieces included, the compilation does give an excellent idea of both the flavor and quality of Hancock's most important work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974857921
catalogNumber:
748579
Rank:
57784

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Synclavier,Vocoder,fender rhodes,Clavitar
Daniel Ponce   Bata
Michael Brecker   Soprano Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Hart   Percussion,Drums
Joe Henderson   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Higgins   Drums
Dave Holland   Acoustic Bass
Thad Jones   Flugelhorn
Bill Laswell   Bass
Bennie Maupin   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Scofield   Guitar
Tony Williams   Drums
Mike Clark   Drums
Bill Summers   Percussion
Butch Warren   Bass
Don Alias   Percussion
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Paul Jackson   Electric Bass
Harvey Mason   Drums
Mickey Roker   Drums
Buster Williams   Bass,Electric Bass
Peter Philips   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Arranger
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Paul Jackson   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
Harvey Mason   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Yvonne Wright   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
Seth Foster   Mastering
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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