Hancock was a pivotal figure in the move to incorporate the use of electronic instruments in jazz, and in the fusion of rock and funk rhythms and textures with more traditional styles in the music.
After making moves in this direction with Miles Davis in the late 1960s, Hancock left the trumpeter, to explore electric jazz with his own bands, first the esoteric Mwandishi group, then with a new quartet, Headhunters.
Taking inspiration from Sly Stone and James Brown, Headhunters made the biggest selling jazz album to date, but it was a controversial move.
The series features new contributions from musical greats including Donald Byrd, Bill Laswell, Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and the Grammy-winning, Oscar-winning man himself.
Chameleon - The Herbie Hancock Story 3/4.
Headhunting Jez Nelson profiles one of Jazz's greatest living superstars, pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock.