Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. project with his former bandmates from the Miles Davis Quintet – Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams – and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard was a band that almost single-handedly tried to re-establish acoustic jazz in the United States. And though they made three recordings, all of which were favorably reviewed and heralded by true jazz fans, none of them sold very well, and the band could find few gigs in the United States. The 1978 tour of major cities was thought to be a triumph at the time, but the unit could find few gigs afterward, and so its various members all went back to their other projects. In 1979, they got the opportunity to tour Japan and jumped at the chance. Sony, Hancock's Japanese label, recorded the two evenings, and the first, which took place during a furious rainstorm, was broadcast live on national television! Live Under the Sky marks the first time that this album has been available in the United States in any form.
Herbie Hancock recorded for Columbia between 1972 and 1988. During that period, between the label's American and Japanese divisions, he released 31 albums, both solo and with an astonishing variety of players in an equally breathtaking panorama of styles, from straight-ahead post-bop, to fusion, jazz-funk, disco, R&B, smooth jazz, and even hip-hop. Though Hancock had a celebrated career before signing to Columbia, it was his longest label association; and during his tenure there, he experienced his greatest commercial success and his name was etched permanently into the history of popular music. This box set contains 34 discs – 28 single and three double albums – all housed in handsome individual LP and gatefold sleeves.
1999 Japan released compilation CD from Herbie Hancock's Sony catalogue.
Three giants of jazz join forces in a memorable concert, recorded live at the Munich Philharmonie in 1988. At the 1987 Munich Philharmonie the Herbie Hancock Trio had played Air Dancing, a lyrical reflection by the bassist, which had become well known in the years 1987 to 1989, as it appeared on recordings by such varied artists as Stanley Cowell, Larry Coryell and Benny Green with the composer. This is the only repeat from the previous year's program. This year they were joined on stage by Michael Brecker, maybe the most influential tenor saxophonist of his generation, who remains a model for a whole range of younger musicians.
The all-star rhythm section for the former Miles Davis Quintet is represented here in a trio format.These guys came to play,and they pull out all the 'stops' for this session.Herbie presents some original tunes,and a great intepretation of 'Stella by Starlight'.The soloing is over the top.These three always play well together,and it is a real treat to here them in a trio setting.
This DVD Video brings you a full length club performance capturing Herbie Hancock's triumphant 2002 return to the era-defining electric funk sound of the 1970's. The concert was recorded live at the Knitting Factory in L.A. in the highest audio and video fidelity available and is presented for this DVD Video in ground breaking Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround sound. The band features heralded players including Wallace Roney on trumpet, Darrell Diaz on keyboards, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Matthew Garrison on bass and DJ Disk on the turntable.MX Multiangle- This MX DVD Video offers approx. 30 minutes of a unique multi-angle feature which lets you see more of the onstage action.