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Top 10 Favorite Herbie Hancock Songs

A pioneer in electronics. A pioneer in black jazz and funk. A pioneer in melody and harmony. A pioneer in complex time. A pioneer in life. There are few pianists that I can consider “favorites”.

There’s little that should be said about Herbie Hancock. His music pretty much speaks for itself. For me, it wasn’t about the notes he played or what scales were being implemented. It was about the feel and construction and form of a creation that was moving. That and it got funky a lot of the times in the early 70s.

There are few artists where I can pretty much guarantee going to the record store, picking up a record by an artist I like, and liking it 10 out of 10 times all the way through. This appears to be the case with Herbie. Well. Ok. Except for the remix of Rockit on the remaster of Future Shock. Blah.

  1. Rain Dance (Sextant)

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  2. The Eye Of The Hurricane (Maiden Voyage)
  3. Quasar (Crossings)
  4. Ostinato (Mwandishi)

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  5. Spank-A-Lee (Thrust)

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  6. Domo (V.S.O.P – Live Under The Sky)
  7. Sleeping Giant, Pts. 1-5 (Crossings)
  8. Sly (Head Hunters)
  9. Rockit (Future Shock)
  10. Wandering Spirit Song (Mwandishi)

Herbie Hancock’s Future2Future

Herbie Hancock’s Future2Future, of course, blew me away. Go figure, right?

There’s something about Herbie that’s just incredibly fluid and emotional that truely speaks to me on a non-pretentious level that a lot of jazz can hit on quickly.

Aside from the super heavy keyboard mix, the DVD was rather incredible. Cool multiple angle features which were cool for the first 5 minutes then I forgot about them. Terri Lyne Carrington laid down funk and jazz grooves like there was no tomorrow. I also noticed she had a Remix cymbal. Matthew Garrison played the bass and really impressed me. Being the son of Jimmy Garrison must be a tough thing to ride on your shoulders, but he held his own and then some. Wow.

My only complaint was that the only Headhunters era song we got was Chameleon. I really would have loved to see a live version of Watermelon Man or Hornets from Sextent. Yum.

Regardless, it was a great Netflix find. Do it do it.