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. The original album featured eight cuts, and was minus the set's opener, "Eye of the Hurricane."
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.
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.
Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters take to the road in the live double album Flood, recorded and released only in Japan. Contrary to the impression left by his American releases at this time, Hancock was still very much attached to the acoustic piano, as his erudite opening workout on "Maiden Voyage/Actual Proof" with his funk rhythm section makes clear. The electric keyboards, mostly Rhodes piano and clavinet, make their first appearances on side two, where Hancock now becomes more of a funky adjunct to the rhythm section, bumping along with a superb feeling for the groove while Bennie Maupin takes the high road above on a panoply of winds.
The first 2cd collection to span herbie hancock's entire career, from 1962 debut lp to 2000 collaboration with stevie wonder. Includes previously unreleased 1978 live concert duet with joni mitchell on "goodbye pork pie hat" from mingus plus appearances with dexter gordon, freddie hubbard, sonny rollins, ron carter, tony williams, miles davis, wayne shorter, joe henderson, harvey mason, bill laswell, and more!
The follow-up to the breakthrough Headhunters album was virtually as good as its wildly successful predecessor: an earthy, funky, yet often harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated tour de force. There is only one change in the Headhunters lineup – swapping drummer Harvey Mason for Mike Clark – and the switch results in grooves that are even more complex. Hancock continues to reach into the rapidly changing high-tech world for new sounds, most notably the metallic sheen of the then-new ARP string synthesizer which was already becoming a staple item on pop and jazz-rock records. Again, there are only four long tracks, three of which ("Palm Grease," "Actual Proof," "Spank-A-Lee") concentrate on the funk, with plenty of Hancock's wah-wah clavinet, synthesizer textures and effects, and electric piano ruminations that still venture beyond the outer limits of post-bop.