HERBIE HANCOCK

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Herbie Hancock will always be one of the most revered and controversial figures in jazz -- just as his employer/mentor Miles Davis was when he was alive. Unlike Miles, who pressed ahead relentlessly and never looked back until near the very end, Hancock has cut a zigzagging forward path, shuttling between almost every development in electronic and acoustic jazz and R&B over the last third of the 20th century and into the 21st. Though grounded in Bill Evans and able to absorb blues, funk, gospel, and even modern classical influences, Hancock's piano and keyboard voices are entirely his own, with their own urbane harmonic and complex, earthy rhythmic signatures -- and young pianists cop his licks constantly. Having studied engineering and professing to love gadgets and buttons, Hancock was perfectly suited for the electronic age; he was one of the earliest champions of the Rhodes electric piano and Hohner clavinet, read more...
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Head HuntersHead Hunters
Reissued · Remastered
Columbia / Legacy 1997
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ThrustThrust
Legacy 2011
$4.80
$4.79 (used)
Maiden VoyageMaiden Voyage
Blue Note 2014
$16.58
$12.80 (used)
The Essential Herbie HancockThe Essential Herbie Hancock
Remastered
Sony Legacy 2006
$12.06
$7.97 (used)
5 Original Albums [5 CD]5 Original Albums [5 CD]
Blue Note 2018
$11.17
Man-ChildMan-Child
Sony Bmg Europe 2000
$4.13
$4.13 (used)
SextantSextant
Legacy 2008
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Monster (Expanded Edition)Monster (Expanded Edition)
Extra tracks
Funky Town Grooves 2015
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PossibilitiesPossibilities
Warner P&D 2005
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LEGACY Promo CD Miles Davis-Herbie Hancock-REO Speedwagon-The Byrds-Janis Joplin LEGACY Promo CD Miles Davis-Herbie Hancock-REO Speedwagon-The Byrds-Janis Joplin USD $4.99 Buy It Now 2h 30m
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Herbie Hancock Mega-Mix Herbie Hancock Mega-Mix "Demo". 1984. VG+ Vinyl. USD $4.00 Buy It Now 7h
Inventions & Dimensions by Herbie Hancock (CD, Jan-1989) Inventions & Dimensions by Herbie Hancock (CD, Jan-1989) USD $8.99 Buy It Now 7h
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HERBIE HANCOCK: Fat Mama / Wiggle-Waggle USA WB Funk Jazz Mod 45 HEAR HERBIE HANCOCK: Fat Mama / Wiggle-Waggle USA WB Funk Jazz Mod 45 HEAR USD $35.00 Buy It Now 7h
Herbie Hancock -Possibilities Annie Lennox Sting Paul Simon Santana Herbie Hancock -Possibilities Annie Lennox Sting Paul Simon Santana USD $1.94 (0 bids)
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THE VERY BEST OF LATIN JAZZ - HERBIE HANCOCK CHARLIE BYRD - 3 CDS - NEW!! THE VERY BEST OF LATIN JAZZ - HERBIE HANCOCK CHARLIE BYRD - 3 CDS - NEW!! USD $7.68 Buy It Now 7h
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HERBIE HANCOCK FUTURE SHOCK CBS/SONY 25AP 2672 Japan CAP OBI SHRINK VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK FUTURE SHOCK CBS/SONY 25AP 2672 Japan CAP OBI SHRINK VINYL LP USD $2.25 (3 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK SPEAK LIKE A CHILD BLUE NOTE GXK 8001 Japan VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK SPEAK LIKE A CHILD BLUE NOTE GXK 8001 Japan VINYL LP USD $13.30 (3 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK LITE ME UP CBS/SONY 30AP 2313 Japan MASTERSOUND VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK LITE ME UP CBS/SONY 30AP 2313 Japan MASTERSOUND VINYL LP USD $0.99 (1 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK MAIDEN VOYAGE BLUE NOTE GXK 8050 Japan VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK MAIDEN VOYAGE BLUE NOTE GXK 8050 Japan VINYL LP USD $10.75 (5 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK QUARTET CBS/SONY 36AP 2488,9 Japan OBI VINYL 2LP HERBIE HANCOCK QUARTET CBS/SONY 36AP 2488,9 Japan OBI VINYL 2LP USD $5.00 (3 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK MAGIC WINDOWS CBS/SONY 25AP 2106 Japan VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK MAGIC WINDOWS CBS/SONY 25AP 2106 Japan VINYL LP USD $2.25 (2 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK HEAD HUNTERS CBS/SONY 18AP 2179 Japan CAP OBI SHRINK VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK HEAD HUNTERS CBS/SONY 18AP 2179 Japan CAP OBI SHRINK VINYL LP USD $9.35 (4 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK MAIDEN VOYAGE BLUE NOTE GXK 8050 Japan VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK MAIDEN VOYAGE BLUE NOTE GXK 8050 Japan VINYL LP USD $10.75 (4 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK & FODAY MUSA SUSO VILLAGE LIFE CBS/SONY 28AP 3035 Japan OBI LP HERBIE HANCOCK & FODAY MUSA SUSO VILLAGE LIFE CBS/SONY 28AP 3035 Japan OBI LP USD $13.50 (4 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK TRIO SAME CBS/SONY 25AP 650 Japan OBI VINYL LP HERBIE HANCOCK TRIO SAME CBS/SONY 25AP 650 Japan OBI VINYL LP USD $14.50 (5 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Dedication JAPAN CD SRCS-9342 1997 OBI HERBIE HANCOCK Dedication JAPAN CD SRCS-9342 1997 OBI USD $56.21 Buy It Now 7h
Herbie Hancock  Perfect Machine CD Very Good Columbia CK 40025 Herbie Hancock Perfect Machine CD Very Good Columbia CK 40025 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 8h
HERBIE HANCOCK - MR.FUNK   CD NEW+ HERBIE HANCOCK - MR.FUNK CD NEW+ USD $19.83 Buy It Now 8h
HERBIE HANCOCK - DIS IS DA DRUM CD HERBIE HANCOCK - DIS IS DA DRUM CD USD $4.50 Buy It Now 8h
Herbie Hancock Quartet C2T 38275 1982 #643 Herbie Hancock Quartet C2T 38275 1982 #643 USD $6.25 Buy It Now 8h
HERBIE HANCOCK - Village Life - CD - HERBIE HANCOCK - Village Life - CD - USD $25.97 Buy It Now 8h
Herbie Hancock - Herbie Hancock Anthology (2xCD Boxset 2006) Gold Discs Herbie Hancock - Herbie Hancock Anthology (2xCD Boxset 2006) Gold Discs USD $3.86 (1 bids)
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Herbie Hancock - Mwandishi (CD 2001) Digipak; FREE UK P&P Herbie Hancock - Mwandishi (CD 2001) Digipak; FREE UK P&P USD $4.50 (0 bids)
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Chick Corea - The Mad Hatter CD Verve Steve Gadd Joe Farrell Herbie Hancock Chick Corea - The Mad Hatter CD Verve Steve Gadd Joe Farrell Herbie Hancock USD $11.50 (11 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK MAIDEN VOYAGE BLUE NOTE LNJ 80077 OBI STEREO Japan Vinyl LP HERBIE HANCOCK MAIDEN VOYAGE BLUE NOTE LNJ 80077 OBI STEREO Japan Vinyl LP USD $4.99 (1 bids)
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Herbie Hancock ‎– Cantaloupe Island Label: Blue Note ‎– CDP 7243 8 29331 2 0, Herbie Hancock ‎– Cantaloupe Island Label: Blue Note ‎– CDP 7243 8 29331 2 0, USD $5.15 (0 bids)
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Us3 Us3 "Cantaloop" 12" OOP Sealed Herbie Hancock USD $59.99 Buy It Now 9h
The Best Of Herbie Hancock (CLUB) by Herbie Hancock (CD) The Best Of Herbie Hancock (CLUB) by Herbie Hancock (CD) USD $6.95 Buy It Now 9h
Herbie Hancock-The New Standard CD & SEALED NEW PROMO FREE SHIPPING Herbie Hancock-The New Standard CD & SEALED NEW PROMO FREE SHIPPING USD $9.00 Buy It Now 9h
Jammin' with Herbie by Herbie Hancock (CD, Aug-1995, Prime Cuts) Jammin' with Herbie by Herbie Hancock (CD, Aug-1995, Prime Cuts) USD $5.99 Buy It Now 9h
Herbie Hancock Hot Piano American Jazz & Blues History Cassette Tape MB 92619 Herbie Hancock Hot Piano American Jazz & Blues History Cassette Tape MB 92619 USD $6.74 Buy It Now 9h
Herbie Hancock, Possibilities, Excellent Herbie Hancock, Possibilities, Excellent USD $12.99 Buy It Now 9h
HERBIE HANCOCK Sound System SEALED New Vinyl LP EU 1984 CBS 26062 Bill Laswell HERBIE HANCOCK Sound System SEALED New Vinyl LP EU 1984 CBS 26062 Bill Laswell USD $18.89 Buy It Now 9h
HERBIE HANCOCK - DIRECTSTEP USED - VERY GOOD CD HERBIE HANCOCK - DIRECTSTEP USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $9.53 Buy It Now 9h
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage - Blue Note Vintage 1970s LP Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage - Blue Note Vintage 1970s LP USD $32.99 Buy It Now 10h
Miles Davis Quintet-Miles In St. Louis-VGM0003-HERBIE HANCOCK Miles Davis Quintet-Miles In St. Louis-VGM0003-HERBIE HANCOCK USD $39.99 Buy It Now 10h
Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage Blue Note 4195 RVG Jazz Vinyl LP Freddie Hubbard Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage Blue Note 4195 RVG Jazz Vinyl LP Freddie Hubbard USD $19.50 (9 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK - SECRETS  VINYL LP  7 TRACKS JAZZ  NEW+ HERBIE HANCOCK - SECRETS VINYL LP 7 TRACKS JAZZ NEW+ USD $36.35 Buy It Now 10h
HERBIE HANCOCK Columbia 4-46002 Promo Mono-Stereo CHAMELEON HERBIE HANCOCK Columbia 4-46002 Promo Mono-Stereo CHAMELEON USD $3.99 Buy It Now 10h
Rockit Vinyl (S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d Version) 12 (Herbie Hancock) TA 3577 (ID:15090) Rockit Vinyl (S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d Version) 12 (Herbie Hancock) TA 3577 (ID:15090) USD $8.40 Buy It Now 10h
V-86 HERBIE HANCOCK Rockit ......12” SINGLE .... 1983 ..... 44-03978 V-86 HERBIE HANCOCK Rockit ......12” SINGLE .... 1983 ..... 44-03978 USD $12.99 Buy It Now 10h
Herbie Hancock - VSOP - Original 1970s White label Radio Station 2LPs - Exllnt! Herbie Hancock - VSOP - Original 1970s White label Radio Station 2LPs - Exllnt! USD $22.99 Buy It Now 10h
HERBIE HANCOCK - DIRECTSTEP NEW CD HERBIE HANCOCK - DIRECTSTEP NEW CD USD $11.59 Buy It Now 10h
Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up FCT 37928 1982 #667 Herbie Hancock Lite Me Up FCT 37928 1982 #667 USD $10.45 Buy It Now 11h
JOE ZAWINUL: “Zawinul” US 1st, Herbie Hancock Atlantic DJ Promo WLP Jazz Funk LP JOE ZAWINUL: “Zawinul” US 1st, Herbie Hancock Atlantic DJ Promo WLP Jazz Funk LP USD $20.00 Buy It Now 11h
HERBIE HANCOCK: Chameleon / Autodrive 45 (Jazz Funk, samples, demo rubber stamp HERBIE HANCOCK: Chameleon / Autodrive 45 (Jazz Funk, samples, demo rubber stamp USD $6.00 Buy It Now 11h
HERBIE HANCOCK: Everybody's Broke / Same 45 (dj) Soul HERBIE HANCOCK: Everybody's Broke / Same 45 (dj) Soul USD $5.00 Buy It Now 11h
Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock "Rockit" UK 12'' Vinyl (1983) TA 3577 USD $2.57 (0 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK: Gettin' To The Good Part / Same 45 (dj) Soul HERBIE HANCOCK: Gettin' To The Good Part / Same 45 (dj) Soul USD $5.00 Buy It Now 11h
Herbie Hancock: Play-a-Long Vinyl Record Album Jazz Herbie Hancock: Play-a-Long Vinyl Record Album Jazz USD $4.95 Buy It Now 11h
jazz CD scottish mainstream JIM MULLEN We Go Back HERBIE HANCOCK LARRY YOUNG jazz CD scottish mainstream JIM MULLEN We Go Back HERBIE HANCOCK LARRY YOUNG USD $10.31 Buy It Now 11h
Head Hunters [Remaster] by Herbie Hancock (CD, Mar-1997, Sony Music... Head Hunters [Remaster] by Herbie Hancock (CD, Mar-1997, Sony Music... USD $9.99 Buy It Now 11h
HERBIE HANCOCK Beat Wise / Chemical Residue  45 VG+ TO EXC HERBIE HANCOCK Beat Wise / Chemical Residue 45 VG+ TO EXC USD $4.22 Buy It Now 12h
HERBIE HANCOCK Maiden Voyage BLUE NOTE LP stereo UA HERBIE HANCOCK Maiden Voyage BLUE NOTE LP stereo UA USD $8.00 (1 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Fat Albert Rotunda WARNER BROS LP VG+ HERBIE HANCOCK Fat Albert Rotunda WARNER BROS LP VG+ USD $30.00 (7 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Thrust COLUMBIA LP SHRINK HERBIE HANCOCK Thrust COLUMBIA LP SHRINK USD $8.00 (1 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Head Hunters COLUMBIA LP VG+ HERBIE HANCOCK Head Hunters COLUMBIA LP VG+ USD $11.50 (3 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Takin' Off BLUE NOTE LP HERBIE HANCOCK Takin' Off BLUE NOTE LP USD $9.50 (3 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Sextant COLUMBIA LP HERBIE HANCOCK Sextant COLUMBIA LP USD $8.00 (0 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Speak Like A Child BLUE NOTE LP unipak stereo Liberty HERBIE HANCOCK Speak Like A Child BLUE NOTE LP unipak stereo Liberty USD $27.01 (8 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Secrets COLUMBIA LP VG+/VG++ HERBIE HANCOCK Secrets COLUMBIA LP VG+/VG++ USD $8.00 (1 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Man-Child COLUMBIA LP HERBIE HANCOCK Man-Child COLUMBIA LP USD $8.00 (0 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Empyrean Isles BLUE NOTE LP VG+ dmm HERBIE HANCOCK Empyrean Isles BLUE NOTE LP VG+ dmm USD $14.70 (4 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK/HUBBARD/TURRENTINE In Concert Volume Two CTI LP NM/VG+ gatefold HERBIE HANCOCK/HUBBARD/TURRENTINE In Concert Volume Two CTI LP NM/VG+ gatefold USD $8.00 (0 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Mr. Hands COLUMBIA LP NM promo HERBIE HANCOCK Mr. Hands COLUMBIA LP NM promo USD $8.50 (2 bids)
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HERBIE HANCOCK Discography

HERBIE HANCOCK albums / top albums

HERBIE HANCOCK Takin' Off album cover 4.08 | 14 ratings
Takin' Off
Hard Bop 1962
HERBIE HANCOCK My Point of View album cover 3.59 | 9 ratings
My Point of View
Hard Bop 1963
HERBIE HANCOCK Inventions & Dimensions (aka Succotash) album cover 3.59 | 11 ratings
Inventions & Dimensions (aka Succotash)
Post Bop 1964
HERBIE HANCOCK Empyrean Isles album cover 4.76 | 21 ratings
Empyrean Isles
Post Bop 1964
HERBIE HANCOCK Maiden Voyage album cover 4.40 | 37 ratings
Maiden Voyage
Post Bop 1965
HERBIE HANCOCK Blow-Up (OST) album cover 3.56 | 7 ratings
Blow-Up (OST)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1966
HERBIE HANCOCK Speak Like a Child album cover 4.62 | 16 ratings
Speak Like a Child
Post Bop 1968
HERBIE HANCOCK The Prisoner album cover 4.00 | 10 ratings
The Prisoner
Post Bop 1969
HERBIE HANCOCK Fat Albert Rotunda album cover 3.74 | 12 ratings
Fat Albert Rotunda
Funk Jazz 1969
HERBIE HANCOCK Mwandishi album cover 4.16 | 19 ratings
Mwandishi
Fusion 1971
HERBIE HANCOCK Crossings album cover 4.58 | 51 ratings
Crossings
Fusion 1972
HERBIE HANCOCK Sextant album cover 4.39 | 38 ratings
Sextant
Fusion 1973
HERBIE HANCOCK The Spook Who Sat by the Door (OST) album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (OST)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973
HERBIE HANCOCK Head Hunters album cover 4.47 | 49 ratings
Head Hunters
Funk Jazz 1973
HERBIE HANCOCK Thrust album cover 4.26 | 29 ratings
Thrust
Funk Jazz 1974
HERBIE HANCOCK Death Wish (OST) album cover 4.26 | 8 ratings
Death Wish (OST)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
HERBIE HANCOCK Man-Child album cover 4.18 | 18 ratings
Man-Child
Funk Jazz 1975
HERBIE HANCOCK Secrets album cover 3.43 | 11 ratings
Secrets
Funk Jazz 1976
HERBIE HANCOCK The Herbie Hancock Trio album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
The Herbie Hancock Trio
Post Bop 1977
HERBIE HANCOCK Sunlight album cover 3.23 | 7 ratings
Sunlight
Jazz Related RnB 1978
HERBIE HANCOCK Directstep album cover 3.07 | 3 ratings
Directstep
Jazz Related RnB 1979
HERBIE HANCOCK The Piano album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
The Piano
Post Bop 1979
HERBIE HANCOCK V.S.O.P. : Five Stars album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
V.S.O.P. : Five Stars
Post Bop 1979
HERBIE HANCOCK Feets Don't Fail Me Now album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Feets Don't Fail Me Now
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1979
HERBIE HANCOCK Mr. Hands album cover 3.97 | 13 ratings
Mr. Hands
Funk Jazz 1980
HERBIE HANCOCK Monster album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Monster
Jazz Related RnB 1980
HERBIE HANCOCK Herbie Hancock Trio (With Ron Carter + Tony Williams) album cover 3.98 | 5 ratings
Herbie Hancock Trio (With Ron Carter + Tony Williams)
Hard Bop 1981
HERBIE HANCOCK Magic Windows album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Magic Windows
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1981
HERBIE HANCOCK Quartet album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Quartet
Post Bop 1982
HERBIE HANCOCK Lite Me Up album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Lite Me Up
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1982
HERBIE HANCOCK Future Shock album cover 2.90 | 15 ratings
Future Shock
Jazz Related DJs/Electronica/Rap 1983
HERBIE HANCOCK Sound-System album cover 3.39 | 3 ratings
Sound-System
Jazz Related DJs/Electronica/Rap 1984
HERBIE HANCOCK Village Life (with Foday Musa Suso) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Village Life (with Foday Musa Suso)
World Fusion 1985
HERBIE HANCOCK Round Midnight - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Round Midnight - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1986
HERBIE HANCOCK Perfect Machine album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Perfect Machine
Jazz Related DJs/Electronica/Rap 1988
HERBIE HANCOCK A Tribute to Miles (with Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wallace Roney & Tony Williams) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
A Tribute to Miles (with Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wallace Roney & Tony Williams)
Post Bop 1994
HERBIE HANCOCK Dis Is da Drum album cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
Dis Is da Drum
Acid Jazz 1994
HERBIE HANCOCK The New Standard album cover 3.60 | 5 ratings
The New Standard
Post Bop 1996
HERBIE HANCOCK 1+1 (feat. Wayne Shorter) album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
1+1 (feat. Wayne Shorter)
Post Bop 1997
HERBIE HANCOCK Gershwin's World album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Gershwin's World
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1998
HERBIE HANCOCK Future 2 Future album cover 1.92 | 5 ratings
Future 2 Future
Jazz Related DJs/Electronica/Rap 2001
HERBIE HANCOCK Possibilities album cover 1.67 | 3 ratings
Possibilities
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 2005
HERBIE HANCOCK River: The Joni Letters album cover 2.25 | 6 ratings
River: The Joni Letters
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 2007
HERBIE HANCOCK The Imagine Project album cover 1.60 | 5 ratings
The Imagine Project
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 2010

HERBIE HANCOCK EPs & splits

HERBIE HANCOCK Rockit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rockit
Jazz Related DJs/Electronica/Rap 1983
HERBIE HANCOCK One Night With Blue Note, Volume 1 (with Bobby Hutcherson / James Newton) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Night With Blue Note, Volume 1 (with Bobby Hutcherson / James Newton)
Post Bop 1985

HERBIE HANCOCK live albums

HERBIE HANCOCK Hear, O Israel - A Concert Service In Jazz album cover 2.98 | 4 ratings
Hear, O Israel - A Concert Service In Jazz
Post Bop 1968
HERBIE HANCOCK Dedication album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Dedication
Fusion 1974
HERBIE HANCOCK In Concert Volume 2 (Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, Eric Gale) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
In Concert Volume 2 (Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, Eric Gale)
Fusion 1974
HERBIE HANCOCK Flood album cover 4.17 | 9 ratings
Flood
Funk Jazz 1975
HERBIE HANCOCK V.S.O.P. album cover 4.85 | 7 ratings
V.S.O.P.
Post Bop 1977
HERBIE HANCOCK V.S.O.P. the Quintet album cover 3.98 | 6 ratings
V.S.O.P. the Quintet
Post Bop 1977
HERBIE HANCOCK V.S.O.P.:Tempest in the Colosseum album cover 4.73 | 5 ratings
V.S.O.P.:Tempest in the Colosseum
Post Bop 1977
HERBIE HANCOCK An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea album cover 3.12 | 7 ratings
An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
Third Stream 1978
HERBIE HANCOCK V.S.O.P.: Live Under the Sky album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
V.S.O.P.: Live Under the Sky
Post Bop 1979
HERBIE HANCOCK Jazz Africa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Africa
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1987
HERBIE HANCOCK The Herbie Hancock Quartet Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Herbie Hancock Quartet Live
Post Bop 1994
HERBIE HANCOCK Directions in Music: Live At Massey Hall album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Directions in Music: Live At Massey Hall
Post Bop 2002
HERBIE HANCOCK Under Tokyo Skies (with Milton Nascimento) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Under Tokyo Skies (with Milton Nascimento)
Post Bop 2010
HERBIE HANCOCK Live at the Boston Jazz Workshop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Boston Jazz Workshop
Fusion 2015
HERBIE HANCOCK Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters ‎: Omaha Civic Auditorium, 17th November 1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters ‎: Omaha Civic Auditorium, 17th November 1975
Funk Jazz 2015
HERBIE HANCOCK Herbie Hancock & Jaco Pastorius :Live At The Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago. Feb 16Th 1977 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Herbie Hancock & Jaco Pastorius :Live At The Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago. Feb 16Th 1977
Fusion 2016
HERBIE HANCOCK Herbie Hancock & The HeadHunters : Paul's Mall Jazz Workshop Boston November 1973 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Herbie Hancock & The HeadHunters : Paul's Mall Jazz Workshop Boston November 1973
Fusion 2016
HERBIE HANCOCK VSOP II - Tokyo 1983 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
VSOP II - Tokyo 1983
Post Bop 2017
HERBIE HANCOCK Herbie Hancock Quartet - Chicago 1981 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Herbie Hancock Quartet - Chicago 1981
Post Bop 2017

HERBIE HANCOCK demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

HERBIE HANCOCK re-issues & compilations

HERBIE HANCOCK Best of Herbie Hancock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of Herbie Hancock
Post Bop 1971
HERBIE HANCOCK Treasure Chest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Treasure Chest
Fusion 1974
HERBIE HANCOCK The Blue Note Re-Issue Series album cover 4.05 | 2 ratings
The Blue Note Re-Issue Series
Post Bop 1975
HERBIE HANCOCK Kawaida (with Don Cherry) (aka Jazz Masters) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kawaida (with Don Cherry) (aka Jazz Masters)
Post Bop 1975
HERBIE HANCOCK Jammin' With Herbie (aka Rock Your Soul aka Voyager) album cover 2.54 | 4 ratings
Jammin' With Herbie (aka Rock Your Soul aka Voyager)
Hard Bop 1977
HERBIE HANCOCK The Best of Herbie Hancock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Herbie Hancock
Post Bop 1979
HERBIE HANCOCK The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years
Post Bop 1988
HERBIE HANCOCK Jazz Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Time
Fusion 1989
HERBIE HANCOCK The Very Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of
Fusion 1991
HERBIE HANCOCK A Jazz Collection album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
A Jazz Collection
Fusion 1991
HERBIE HANCOCK The Best Of, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of, Volume 2
Fusion 1992
HERBIE HANCOCK The Egg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Egg
Post Bop 1993
HERBIE HANCOCK Cantaloupe Island album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Cantaloupe Island
Hard Bop 1994
HERBIE HANCOCK Mwandishi: Complete Warner Bros. Recordings album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Mwandishi: Complete Warner Bros. Recordings
Fusion 1994
HERBIE HANCOCK Jazz & Blues Collection 63: Herbie Hancock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz & Blues Collection 63: Herbie Hancock
Fusion 1996
HERBIE HANCOCK Les Incontournables album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Incontournables
Fusion 1996
HERBIE HANCOCK Jazz Masters (E.F.S.A. Collection) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Masters (E.F.S.A. Collection)
Fusion 1996
HERBIE HANCOCK Dr Jazz (1962-1969) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dr Jazz (1962-1969)
Post Bop 1998
HERBIE HANCOCK This Is Jazz 35 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is Jazz 35
Post Bop 1998
HERBIE HANCOCK Mr Funk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr Funk
Fusion 1998
HERBIE HANCOCK Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions
Hard Bop 1998
HERBIE HANCOCK The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Hits! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Hits!
Funk Jazz 1999
HERBIE HANCOCK Dancin' Grooves album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dancin' Grooves
Fusion 1999
HERBIE HANCOCK Out of This World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Out of This World
Hard Bop 2000
HERBIE HANCOCK Ken Burns Jazz album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Ken Burns Jazz
Post Bop 2000
HERBIE HANCOCK The Herbie Hancock Box (The Columbia Years) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Herbie Hancock Box (The Columbia Years)
Post Bop 2002
HERBIE HANCOCK The Blue Note Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Blue Note Years
Post Bop 2004
HERBIE HANCOCK Jazz Moods: 'Round Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Moods: 'Round Midnight
Fusion 2004
HERBIE HANCOCK Live: Detroit/Chicago album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live: Detroit/Chicago
Funk Jazz 2005
HERBIE HANCOCK The Essential Herbie Hancock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Herbie Hancock
Post Bop 2006
HERBIE HANCOCK The Finest in Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Finest in Jazz
Post Bop 2007
HERBIE HANCOCK Then and Now: The Definitive album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Then and Now: The Definitive
Post Bop 2008
HERBIE HANCOCK Watermelon Man:The Ultimate Hancock! album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Watermelon Man:The Ultimate Hancock!
Post Bop 2010
HERBIE HANCOCK Watermelon Man (Remastered) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Watermelon Man (Remastered)
Hard Bop 2013
HERBIE HANCOCK The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972-1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972-1988
Post Bop 2013
HERBIE HANCOCK The Warner Bros. Years 1969-1972 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Warner Bros. Years 1969-1972
Fusion 2014
HERBIE HANCOCK Empyrean Isles / Maiden Voyage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Empyrean Isles / Maiden Voyage
Post Bop 2015
HERBIE HANCOCK Sunlight / Feets Don't Fail Me Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sunlight / Feets Don't Fail Me Now
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 2016
HERBIE HANCOCK The Early Years: Selected Recordings 1961-62 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Years: Selected Recordings 1961-62
Hard Bop 2016
HERBIE HANCOCK Thrust / Manchild / Secrets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thrust / Manchild / Secrets
Funk Jazz 2016
HERBIE HANCOCK Broadcast Collection 1973-1983 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Broadcast Collection 1973-1983
Post Bop 2017
HERBIE HANCOCK River: The Joni Letters [Expanded Edition] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
River: The Joni Letters [Expanded Edition]
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 2017
HERBIE HANCOCK Takin Off / Hub-Tones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Takin Off / Hub-Tones
Hard Bop 2018

HERBIE HANCOCK singles (0)

HERBIE HANCOCK movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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World Of Rhythm - Live In Lugano
Post Bop 1983
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Live At The Munich Philharmonie
Post Bop 1988
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Hurricane!
Post Bop 2002
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Future 2 Future Live
Jazz Related DJs/Electronica/Rap 2003
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Live In Lugano: Supertrio In Concert
Post Bop 2010

HERBIE HANCOCK Reviews

HERBIE HANCOCK Dedication

Live album · 1974 · Fusion
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snobb
First Hancock Japan-recorded album and true obscurity, "Dedication" in some sense is a real sensation. At the time of his funk-jazz glory (recorded in July 1974, it is closest to Hancock's "Thrust" and "Man-Child" excellent studio works with band), Hancock recorded four tracks in Tokyo in one day during his Japanese tour.

"Dedication" is not only very first Hancock solo piano album (one among a very few recorded later), it contains quite unusual music for the time. Of four Hancock album's originals, side A contains two acoustic piano songs,"Maiden Voyage" and "Dolphin Dance", both played in unusual for Hancock romantic/sentimental manner, slow-tempo,almost ballads,with complex airy arrangements.Can't remember him ever playing like that before or after. Closest example is probably another Hancock's acoustic solo piano album "The Piano"(another Japanese release, from 1979), but there he already sounds much more pop-jazz influenced.

Side B brings even more surprises - two his other songs here are both "electric", but surprisingly sounds a bit different from his regular music, recorded with band of the same time period. "Nobu" is masterpiece of sort sounding far ahead of its time. Hancock plays electric keyboards over sample-and-hold feature of an ARP 2600 synthesizer, producing techno-rhythm. Very spacey and futuristic, this composition sounds more modern and futuristic than his regular funk-jazz of the time, but without commercial trickery so usual for Hancock later electronic albums.It's interesting that in modern techno-circles this track is often mentioned as first ever recorded techno-song.

Album closes with renown "Cantaloupe Island" played by Herbie on analog keyboards over pre-recorded synth bass-line. In all, eclectic (and even eccentric) choice of music for one album, but surprisingly it works and is a perfect illustration of creative atmosphere of the time.

"Dedication" survived at least seven re-releases in Japan but was almost unknown outside of the country. First ever non-Japanese edition has been released in US in 2014 only (on Wounded Bird) and makes this music a bit more accessible for obscure great music from the past seekers.

HERBIE HANCOCK Sunlight

Album · 1978 · Jazz Related RnB
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liontime
This album sits in an unfortunate genre crossover. Many jazz fanatics will find this album to be trifling and even disappointing when compared to the legendary work Herbie Hancock did in the 60's and earlier 70's. On the other hand, many pop and soul fans will shy away from the meandering songs that often exceed eight minutes in length. But, to those who love both genres, this album has aged surprisingly well (especially surprising considering the extravagent suit on the front has its own credits in the liner notes).

Here, Hancock makes extensive use of a vocoder through which he sings the entire album. The result is not one of cold, robotic shrillness but rather a warm, pleasant fuzziness. Hancock's vocals freely wander through the mix and understandably blend in with the other instruments. Don't approach this album expecting technical mastery or dance floor filling beats. Find a free afternoon where you can sit in the ~sunlight~ and give this record an honest shot. It's very rewarding if you give it a chance.

HERBIE HANCOCK V.S.O.P.:Tempest in the Colosseum

Live album · 1977 · Post Bop
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dreadpirateroberts
A furious live set of some stand out songs from a fire-cracker line-up, really, what's not to like here?

Hancock's V.S.O.P Quintet (same as the classic Miles Quintet of the 1960s - Hancock, Carter, Shorter & Williams but with Hubbard on trumpet) really cooks on this 1977 concert recorded in Tokyo. It's a monster of an album to my ear - everyone seems to be having a blast and the songs are snappier, faster - yet there's always room to adjust the arrangements.

Carter in particular sounds funkier than I've heard him - especially on Hubbard's 'Red Clay' and the reworking in parts of Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage' is just superb.

It's hard for me to say a bad thing about this album - so I won't! It's generally a much more fiery set of songs than the other V.S.O.P releases and if you like any of the legends mentioned in the line up, grab this album.

HERBIE HANCOCK Dis Is da Drum

Album · 1994 · Acid Jazz
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siLLy puPPy
I cannot fathom that there would be any question that HERBIE HANCOCK has been amongst the crème de le crème of fusionists that the jazz world has ever experienced. Right from the very start of his early career this keyboardist extraordinaire was chomping at the bit to break free from the standard post-bop of the day by incorporating hitherto unheard of techniques into the jazz world such as orchestral accompaniments, inventive new ways of expressing simple chords and ways of incorporating non-jazz elements seamlessly into the genre which eventually entered him access into the musical world of Miles Davis and beyond. In the 70s HANCOCK really took off with this innovation with “Mwandishi” trilogy, the funk jazz of “Headhunters” and the jazz-inflicted electro-funk of albums like “Future Shock” in the 80s. Never being one to rest on his laurels the 90s proved to be yet another period of adventurous experimentation with hip-hop and dance music that after simmering for a decade on the world’s dance floors eventually got the label “acid jazz.”

With HERBIE’s ambition to leave no viable rhythmic stones unturned he headed into the studio with a huge eclectic crew of musicians and producers from both the past and modern day to create one of his most accessible and unusual albums (for him) yet - DIS IS DA DRUM, an album that tackles the 90s hip-hop rhythms, 80s dance floor grooves and jazz history of the past. Of course, HERBIE effortlessly melds all of the above together in the most pleasant of ways creating the perfect jazz meets dance floor album that keeps the dance floor sensibilities intact while fortifying them with his lush keyboard solos, sampling loops, jazz instruments like sax and trumpet while incorporating ethnic African instruments ranging from the djembe, bata, conga dunun, shekere, cabasa all the while keeping it sewn together with the state of art production technology the era had to offer.

While i have to admit that this was not what i expected upon first listen, i remained open minded and found it took a few spins to sink in. While not exactly difficult to absorb upon listen number one, it can be a slap in the face for any jazz purists who are expecting the usual syncopation as usual or the complexities of post-bop or 70s fusion. This is a feel good album that treats the listener to steady dance floor / hip hop beats while letting the jazz-fusion feast play second fiddle while retaining its consistency and danceable rhythms that dominate DIS IS DA DRUM. No fear for those who crave the complexibtilies of jazz. They are there but simply contributing a behind-the-scenes approach where they ooze out now and again to remind you that this is indeed a HERBIE HANCOCK album and his high standards insure us that he has the knack for choosing the best of the best to help fulfill his vision of this unique musical expression.

DIS IS DA DRUM is often described as the perfect party jazz album and that is a statement that i am totally on board with. This is indeed a nice cocktail lounge cornucopia of sounds that works so well as background music but with enough savoir-faire to please jazz musicians who are keen to notice all the details. While this certainly will never rank amongst the top achievements that HERBIE HANCOCK has contributed to the world of music in general, this remains a nice little supplemental feast of sounds for those who wish to delve beyond the classics and into the more eccentric little adventures that HANCOCK has embarked upon. Generally speaking this album starts out very strong but seems to diminish its effect as it progresses due to the fact that the incessant monobeats do steal the thunder of it being a totally outstanding album. Still though, not a bad listen in the least.

HERBIE HANCOCK Head Hunters

Album · 1973 · Funk Jazz
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Miler72
As much as I enjoy Sextant and Crossings, I know right away many people would be put off by the avant garde leanings of those albums. Herbie Hancock came to a realization that many people had a hard time appreciating avant garde, so with Head Hunters, he assembled a new band (with Bennie Maupin from the old lineup) and adopted a more funky approach. "Chameleon" is that prime example, a rather catchy and funky piece that still leaves room for improvisations, but one the other hand avoiding the more "far out" stuff that turned people away from his past three albums. He does a drastic remake of "Watermelon Man". I am very familiar with the 1962 original, he transformed it so much you have to listen carefully for some familiar themes to creep in. The music flirts with African music, plus the song is updated to include clavinets and electric piano, while the original was piano and horn-dominated. "Sly" is obvious reference to Sly Stone, he was open about his love for Sly & the Family Stone, inspiring him to go a more funky direction here. It's a real intense piece of fusion that any fan of fusion will just be totally blown away! "Vein Melter" is the last cut and more calm, and in a way, harkens back to the Sextant and Crossings style, but not so out there as to scare off more mainstream listeners. It's strange that I just got me Headhunters, and I've been aware of that album for a very long time. Well, better late than never. This album was a big success and it's nice to see he didn't adopt an overly-commercial approach to do it. Yes, it's more accessible than his previous three albums, but that was done on purpose. The production also seems cleaner too. This is without a doubt a fusion classic, and while I might not be the biggest fusion fan out there, I know good fusion when I hear it, and this is one of them and completely essential!

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