Chameleon - The Herbie Hancock Story

Jez Nelson presents a 4-part series profiling one of Jazz's greatest living superstars, pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock.

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JF02The Sorcerer20040508

He caught Miles Davis' attention, and the trumpeter recruited him to take the piano chair in what would become arguably the greatest acoustic jazz group of all time - Davis' '60s quintet with Wayne Shorter.

Hancock stayed with Miles for most of the decade during which he, along with drummer Tony Williams and bassist Ron Carter, helped revolutionise traditional jazz concepts of the rhythm section and its relation to the soloists.

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.

JF03Headhunting20040515

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.

JF04 LASTFuture Shock20040522

Continuing his ability to straddle genres and predict the musical zeitgeist Hancock's 1983 tune Rock It topped pop charts around the world and introduced the mainstream to the hip hop art of scratching.

Then in 1987 he won an Oscar for his soundtrack to the film Round Midnight.

Since his fusion heyday in the mid 70's Hancock has explored both acoustic post-bop, and electric fusion styles, in parallel and to this day regularly teams up with acoustic jazz alumni to record and perform.

He continues to innovate, leading the life of an international jazz superstar while pursuing his enduring fascination with technology through his Rhythm of Life Foundation in California.

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.