Hancock, Herbie

orig. Herbert Jeffrey Hancock

born April 12, 1940, Chicago, Ill., U.S.

U.S. pianist, composer, and bandleader.

He was educated at Grinnell College. Part of the superb rhythm section of Miles Davis's mid-1960s group, he led the group after Davis left. In the 1970s he became involved in funk music, and later disco, while continuing to tour with jazz groups, including that of Wynton Marsalis. In 1986 he acted in and scored 'Round Midnight (1986, Academy Award). His later career was notably diverse.

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▪ American musician
in full  Herbert Jeffrey Hancock 
born April 12, 1940, Chicago, Ill., U.S.

      American keyboard player, songwriter, and bandleader, a prolific recording artist who achieved success as an incisive, harmonically provocative jazz pianist and then went on to gain wide popularity as a leader of electric jazz-rock groups.

      At age 11 Hancock played the first movement of a Mozart (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus) concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He formed his first band while a high school student. After graduating from Grinnell College in Iowa in 1960, he joined trumpeter Donald Byrd's group and moved (1961) to New York City. There his clever accompaniments and straightforward soloing with bebop groups led to tours with Miles Davis (Davis, Miles) (1963–68). The Davis quintet's mid-1960s investigations of rhythmic and harmonic freedom stimulated some of Hancock's most daring, arrhythmic, harmonically colourful concepts. Meanwhile, he recorded extensively in bebop and modal jazz settings, ranging from funky rhythms to ethereal modal harmonies; as a sideman on Blue Note albums and a leader of combos, he played original themes including "Maiden Voyage," "Cantaloupe Island," and "Watermelon Man," which became a popular hit in Mongo Santamaria's recording.

      In the 1970s, after playing in Davis's first jazz-rock experiments, Hancock began leading fusion bands and playing electronic keyboards, from electric pianos to synthesizers. Compelling sound colours and rhythms, in layers of synthesizer lines, characterized jazz- funk hits such as "Chameleon," from his best-selling Headhunters album (1973). Later dance hits by Hancock included "You Bet Your Love" (1979) and "Rockit" (1983). Meanwhile, he also composed music, both jazz-rock and straight-ahead jazz, for broadcast commercials, television, and films such as Blow-Up (1966), Death Wish (1974), and Round Midnight (1986); for the last one he won an Academy Award. Since the mid-1970s he has played acoustic piano in jazz projects, played duets with Chick Corea (Corea, Chick), and performed in combos with former Davis associates and trumpeters such as Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis.

      Interest in Hancock's Blue Note catalog was renewed in 1993 when a sample of "Cantaloupe Island" appeared in Us3's international hit "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)." In 1998 he reunited his Headhunters group, and the turn of the millennium saw the launch of a number of collaborative projects. On Future 2 Future (2001), Hancock teamed with jazz legend Wayne Shorter (Shorter, Wayne) and some of the biggest names in techno music to produce a beat-filled fusion of jazz and electronic music. His next project, Possibilities (2005), was a venture into pop music with such guest performers as Stevie Wonder (Wonder, Stevie), Paul Simon (Simon, Paul), and Santana. Hancock added to his already extensive Grammy collection with a pair of awards—including album of the year—for his Joni Mitchell tribute River: The Joni Letters (2007).

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