Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

By Herbie Hancock, Lisa Dickey

The warmly welcomed memoir by way of some of the most influential and liked musicians of our time
In Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, the mythical jazz musician and composer displays on a rare lifestyles and a thriving profession that has spanned seven many years. a real innovator who has spent a life-time exploring a variety of musical genres, and enriching every one of them, Hancock has had a huge impact on acoustic and electrical jazz, R&B, funk, and hip-hop.

From his beginnings as a toddler prodigy to his early vintage Blue observe recordings; from his paintings in Miles Davis’s moment nice quintet to his techniques because the chief of his personal groundbreaking sextet; from era-defining vintage albums like Head Hunters and River: The Joni Letters to his collaborations with artists like Wayne Shorter and Stevie ask yourself, Hancock unearths the equipment at the back of his ever-evolving musical genius. He discusses his affects, his satisfied marriage, and the way his perform of Buddhism has encouraged him either creatively and for my part. sincere, enlightening, and as electrifyingly important as its writer, this is often a useful contribution to jazz literature and an intimate, insightful portrait of an artistic lifestyles.

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