April 2, 2017

Piano week gets funky with Herbert “Herbie” Hancock.  He started with Donald Byrd but earned his first fame as part of Miles’ second great quintet in the rhythm section with Ron Carter and 17(!) year old Tony Williams. He then made a fine string of leader albums for Blue Note in the 60s. His career really took flight in the 70s when he was at the forefront of the jazz funk movement with sick jams like Watermelon and Canteloupe Man.  Had a novelty 80s style hit with MTV curio “Rockit” and in 2008 won the only Best Album Grammy by a jazz artist with his record of Joni Mitchell covers. Take a bow Herbie, you’re today’s BBR piano week entry.

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