The musical career of Herbie Hancock
spans more than forty years. In all those years the Chicago born pianist played all kinds of styles: jazz rock, funk and hardbop. Especially in the last decade he proved himself to be a sort of chameleon: a Gershwin project, a duo performance with Wayne Shorter, ambient beats and techno jazz with deejays, bebop explorations with the trio Hancock/Hargrove/Brecker, a fresh pop/jazz album (Possibilities
from 2005) featuring a parade of pop stars – each and every Hancock album was completely different. Hancock, who was discovered by trumpeter Donald Byrd at twenty, is one of the world’s most important architects of modern jazz. As the great man behind the electric and experimental music of Miles Davis and by releasing his famous record Head Hunters
, Hancock has always proved to be a visionary musician. He was one of the pioneers of jazz rock. He has been, both as a composer, accompanist and improviser, one of the most original and creative minds in straight ahead jazz.