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EDITORS’ NOTES

Three-fifths of Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet—pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams, augmented here by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor saxophonist George Coleman—continue their experiments in telepathic mind meld on this oceanic gem from 1966. The sailing is smooth, with one memorable solo after another flowing seamlessly into superb future standards, like Hancock's title track and "Dolphin Dance." Cool spaciousness prevails, at least until the shipwreck resulting in "Survival of the Fittest."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Three-fifths of Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet—pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams, augmented here by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor saxophonist George Coleman—continue their experiments in telepathic mind meld on this oceanic gem from 1966. The sailing is smooth, with one memorable solo after another flowing seamlessly into superb future standards, like Hancock's title track and "Dolphin Dance." Cool spaciousness prevails, at least until the shipwreck resulting in "Survival of the Fittest."

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About Herbie Hancock

If Herbie Hancock had faded from view after his momentous mid-’60s stint with the Miles Davis Quintet and his pioneering Blue Note releases in the same period, his reputation as one of the most consequential pianists in jazz history would still have been assured. But Hancock repeatedly changed course, from the abstract electric jazz of his Mwandishi sextet to the tightly coiled jazz-funk fusion of Head Hunters to his prescient electronic experimentation with producer Bill Laswell in the ’80s. The Chicago-born Hancock achieved commercial success on his own terms, following a genuine creative path while ignoring barriers between jazz and pop (the title shared by his 2005 album and his 2014 memoir, Possibilities, said much about his worldview). He remains a “Chameleon,” true to his signature track from 1973, covering songs by his friend and collaborator Joni Mitchell and working alongside Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, and Flying Lotus in the studio.

HOMETOWN
Chicago, IL
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
12 April 1940

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