HERBIE HANCOCK B-DAY : ONE FINGER SNAP / WATERMELON MAN / THE NAKED CAMERA / JESSICA / SUCCOTASH

Σαν σήμερα, πριν από 80 χρόνια γεννήθηκε στο Σικάγο ο κορυφαίος πιανίστας και συνθέτης Herbie Hancock, ένας από τους ελάχιστους αληθινά “αναγνωρίσιμους” σύγχρονους μουσικούς της jazz. Αυτό χάρη στην “ποπ” πλευρά του [“I Thought It Was You”, “Rockit”, ηχογραφήσεις με Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon κλπ.] η οποία φυσικά είναι το κερασάκι, σε μια καριέρα γεμάτη κλασικά άλμπουμ και ιστορικές συνεργασίες [ξεκινώντας από το Second Great Quintet (1964-68) του Miles Davis]. Διαλέγουμε κατά σειρά: “One Finger Snap” από το σημαντικότερο άλμπουμ του για την Blue Note, Empyrean Isles [1964]. “Watermelon Man” στην version του Headhunters [1973]. “The Naked Camera” από το soundtrack του Blow-Up [1967]. “Jessica” στη live έκδοση από το μνημειώδες V.S.O.P. The Quintet [1977] και τέλος, “Succotash” από το modal άλμπουμ του, Inventions & Dimensions [1963]

On this date, 80 years ago, the great pianist and composer Herbie Hancock was born in Chicago. He is one of jazz’s few truly “recognizable” contemporary musicians, thanks to his “pop” side [“I Thought It Was You”, “Rockit”, recordings with Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon etc.] which of course is the icing, in a career full of classic albums and historical collaborations, starting with Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet (1964-68). The selections: “One Finger Snap” from his most important album for Blue Note, Empyrean Isles [1964]. “Watermelon Man” in the Headhunters version [1973]. “The Naked Camera” from his soundtrack for Antonioni’s Blow-Up [1967]. “Jessica” in the live version from the monumental V.S.O.P. The Quintet [1977] and finally, “Succotash” from his modal album Inventions & Dimensions [1963]

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  1. Ken Powell April 14, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Such a giant of Jazz! I love playing his ‘Watermelon Man’ both on piano and on sax – I only wish I could do both at the same time! 😀

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  2. Oannes April 15, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I know a little bit about this feeling. I was trying in my teens to recreate “Watcher Of The Skies”, covering Banks’ and Gabriel’s parts simultaneously. It was good exercise. Much easier than the impossible tusk of yours, of course : – ) …Thanks!

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  3. Resa April 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    What a genius! I love it all! The soundtrack from Blow Up is phenomenal! Thank you, and he is so cool, and it’s crazy that he is 80!

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    1. Oannes April 19, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      Yes it is! I couldn’t believe it either. But he’s in perfect shape, physically and musically! Thank you Resa!

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