by Hancock, Herbie, 1940-

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Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music: a jazz pianist and composer whose illustrious career has spanned seven decades and 14 Grammy Awards. Hancock's memoir will examine his extraordinary career, from his beginnings as a child prodigy in Chicago to his work with artists including Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, Kathleen Battle, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and Tina Turner. He recalls learning to play the piano, changing the face of jazz, his marriage and his discovery of Buddhism.
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Booklist Review: "Herbie Hancock has been in the forefront of America's music for a half-century, from his experience as a sideman with Miles Davis to his own groups, which earned numerous Oscar and Grammy awards. He has remained true to his art and his (Buddhist) poise during turbulent times, and his description of his upbringing and encounters with often turbulent individuals (not least of them Davis) provides a unique slant on America's musical scene. This is, however, an odd jazz autobiography. Though gracious to his collaborators and other contemporaries, Hancock omits virtually any mention of influences on his work; this is a piano man's story with only very passing mention of Art Tatum or Bud Powell or Thelonious Monk. Though some of his music has been, in his words, far out, Hancock on the page is not. Like jazz, this memoir is at times cerebral but at times superficial. He relies on cool as an all-purpose adjective almost to the degree that Davis used the f-word (the one that starts with an m) as a noun in his own memoirs. Though interesting in parts, ultimately this just doesn't quite swing.--Levine, Mark Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Melodically weaving the notes of his personal life around his exploration of numerous music genres from classical and R&B to funk and hip-hop, renowned pianist Hancock elegantly composes a tuneful sound track of his life in music. While growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1940s, Hancock started playing piano when he was seven; four years later, he'd won a music contest and played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hancock's intense focus on the intricacies of music, and his steadfast drive to learn about all aspects of life, especially how things work, led him to take up jazz as a teenager and to study engineering briefly in college. Hancock takes us through the opus of his early days as a pianist with Donald Byrd, the composition of his first song, "Watermelon Man," and signing with Blue Note to record his first album, Takin' Off. Just 23, Hancock got a call from Miles Davis asking the young pianist to come play with him in what eventually grew into the Second Great Quintet. Five years later, Hancock left Davis to form his own band, the Herbie Hancock Sextet, launching a successful and widely varied solo career that included writing scores for movies like Round Midnight, Jo Jo Dancer, and Harlem Nights. Hancock's discovery and embrace of Buddhism opened his heart and mind to the myriad possibilities in life and music, and he reveals eloquently in this candid memoir that he continues to approach life in an improvisational style in which each moment is special and everything is always new. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Hancock, Herbie, -- 1940-
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York, New York :2014
Other Titles Herbie Hancock :
Contributors Dickey, Lisa, author.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780670014712
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