Ken Burns Jazz

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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 ...
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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.
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: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974857921
  • Catalog Number: 748579
  • Sales rank: 4,770

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Watermelon Man (7:10)
  2. 2 Cantaloupe Island (5:32)
  3. 3 Maiden Voyage (7:57)
  4. 4 Speak Like a Child (7:49)
  5. 5 Tell Me a Bedtime Story (5:04)
  6. 6 Chameleon (15:42)
  7. 7 Actual Proof (9:42)
  8. 8 Rockit (5:27)
  9. 9 You've Got It Bad Girl (7:13)
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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 Sr. 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 Sr. 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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