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The music world is not unaware that Herbie Hancock turned a youthful 70 on April 12. To mark the occasion, there will be a concert in New York's Carnegie Hall on June 24, two days after the release of his latest album, “The Imagine Project," and the Hollywood Bowl will host a star-packed concert Sept. 1 featuring many of the performers on the album. There will also be a tour in support of the disc, which was recorded on five continents.
“I absolutely, consciously try to do something completely different with every album," Hancock tells Daily Variety. You only have to look at his vast catalog from five, going on six, decades to realize that the man isn't kidding.
For starters, there are the seminal acoustic Blue Note sessions of the 1960s, the collaborations with Miles Davis' 1965-68 quintet, the avant-garde electric jazz-rock Mwandishi sextet, the earthy jazz-funk of the Headhunters, the return to acoustic jazz with V.S.O.P., the disco and techno-rock experiments and freewheeling tributes to George Gershwin and Joni Mitchell. You would need a monthlong festival to touch upon all of the directions to which Hancock has turned, returned and often invented. More...