Experiencing Herbie Hancock: A Listener's Companion by Eric Wendell
The musical output of jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock has toppled genre boundaries and influenced generations of musicians. A child prodigy who worked his way up through classical tradition, found a home for his insatiable creativity in jazz, and went on to influence musicians across numerous genres, Hancock's work continues to be a staple in mainstream music. In addition to his classical training and innovative jazz work, Hancock has explored many forms of music such as rock, funk and world music, always looking ahead rather than rehashing what has already been accomplished. In Experiencing Herbie Hancock, Eric Wendell looks beyond the successes and failures of Hancock's career in an effort to explore Hancock's musical design within the jazz community and within the popular mainstream. Wendell also explores Hancock's dramatic impact on the jazz community and how his efforts have fostered a cross-genre continuity among modern jazz practitioners. Hancock's chameleon attitude towards contemporary music styles has been met with excitement from both peers and fans alike. Experiencing Herbie Hancock is an ideal work for jazz aficionados, music, and anyone who appreciates the efforts of an artist who would rather look ahead to the great unknown then tread backwards on past endeavors.