Personalities | Herbie Hancock | Seventies | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, electronic keyboards, b. 1940)
A classical prodigy in Chicago, Hancock became one of the most versatile and influential jazz pianists of the post-war era. At the age of 20, he moved to New York City to play with trumpeter Donald Byrd. After his debut as a leader, Takin’ Off (1962), he joined Miles Davis for a high-profile five years. In the 1970s, his Mwandishi sextet and jazz-funk unit Head Hunters were at the forefront of electric jazz, and he subsequently alternated between electric and acoustic music, becoming an articulate and much-quoted spokesperson for jazz.
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