Herbie Hancock – On Green Dolphin Street (sheet music transcription)
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Herbie Hancock (full biography on Wikipedia)
Herbie Hancock, remains in the same place as ever: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been a fundamental part of every popular music movement since the 1960s.
As a member of the Miles Davis quintet that introduced an innovative sound to jazz, he also devised new approaches for his own recordings, followed by his work in the 1970s with record-breaking albums such as “Headhunters,” which combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music.
“Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into the sounds of electronic dance music; during that same period, he continued to work on an acoustic arrangement with VSOP, which included former Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.
Hancock has won an Oscar for his soundtrack to “Around Midnight,” as well as 14 Grammy Awards, including “Album of the Year” for “River: The Joni Letters,” and two Grammy Awards in 2011 for “The Imagine Project”, a CD product of his global collaboration with artists from all over the world. Many of his compositions, such as “Canteloupe Island”, “Maiden Voyage”, “Watermelon Man” and “Chameleon”, have become modern classics.
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock was born on April 12, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. He started studying piano when he was 7 years old; a few years later, as a preteen, he was already playing Mozart with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He began to enjoy jazz compositions during his high school years, and upon entering Grinnell College in 1956, he decided to concentrate on electrical engineering. His career initially seemed more hands-on and allowed her to invest in his passion for technology. However,
Hancock decided to switch to songwriting and formed his own group, which later moved to New York to play with trumpeter Donald Byrd.
Herbie Hancock landed a recording contract with Blue Note and released his debut album as head of a band, Takin’ Off , which gained fame as the first Blue Note album to feature all-new tunes, such as the all-important “Watermelon Man“. While continuing to record and write future classics like “Cantaloupe Island ” and “Maiden Voyage “, Hancock jammed with Miles Davis.
Beginning in 1963 and for several years, he would be part of the leading group of bands, with both influencing each other’s sound and Davis introducing Hancock on electric piano. Over the next several years, through the release of dozens of albums, Hancock earned a reputation as a leading songwriter free to explore genres outside traditional jazz, from fusion to R&B to hip-hop.
Sonically radical, mystical, and revered, Mwandishi (1970) was followed a little later by the funk-based, platinum-certified Head Hunters (1973); the album included ” Chameleon ” and another version of “Watermelon Man “, whose sultry beats would later be remixed in hip-hop/reggae circles. He continued to play in various guises, including stints with the VSOP Quintet which brought together members of Davis’s band.
1983’s Future Shock featured the award-winning single ” Rockit “. The following decades saw more releases on different labels, including Dis Is Da Drum (1994), Gershwin’s World ‘s 100th birthday (1998), in honor of George Gershwin, and Future 2 Future (2001) in a more electronic style.
2010’s The Imagine Project saw the composer working with an international cast that included Céu,Pink, Seal and Juanes.
Hancock has also provided scores for various television and film projects. He wrote music for the Bill Cosby cartoon Fat Albert and an accompanying album, as well as such films as Death Wish (1974), A Soldier’s Story (1984), and Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986).
He won an Academy Award for ‘Round Midnight (1986). By 2013, Herbie Hancock had won 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 2008, for his tribute to friend Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters , marking the first time in more than four decades that the award had gone to a musician. of jazz. The album featured such artists as Tina Turner, Norah Jones and Leonard Cohen.
Hancock is a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, whose spiritual practices inform his art and philosophies. In October 2013, she released her memoir Possibilities, co-written with Lisa Dickey.
Hancock also served as Creative Director for Jazz at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and as President of The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He is the founder of the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP), and was recently given the title of “Commander of Arts and Letters” by French Prime Minister François Fillon.
In 2011, Hancock was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, while in December 2013, he received the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2014, he was named Harvard University’s 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry and completed his “The Ethics of Jazz” series of talks, as part of the six-week Charles Eliot Norton Lecture Series. His memoir, “Herbie Hancock: Possibilities,” was published by Viking in 2014, and in February 2016 he received a lifetime achievement Grammy.
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Main article: Herbie Hancock discography
Takin' Off (1962) My Point of View (1963) Inventions & Dimensions (1963) Empyrean Isles (1964) Maiden Voyage (1965) Speak Like a Child (1968) The Prisoner (1969) Fat Albert Rotunda (1969) Mwandishi (1971) Crossings (1972) Sextant (1973) Head Hunters (1973) Dedication (1974) Thrust (1974) Man-Child (1975) Secrets (1976) Third Plane (1977) Herbie Hancock Trio (1977) Sunlight (1978) Directstep (1979) The Piano (1979) Feets, Don't Fail Me Now (1979) Monster (1980) Mr. Hands (1980) Magic Windows (1981) Herbie Hancock Trio (1982) Quartet (1982) Lite Me Up (1982) Future Shock (1983) Sound-System (1984) Village Life (1985) Perfect Machine (1988) A Tribute to Miles (1994) Dis Is da Drum (1994) The New Standard (1996) 1+1 (1997) Gershwin's World (1998) Future 2 Future (2001) Possibilities (2005) River: The Joni Letters (2007) The Imagine Project (2010)
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