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Friday, August 13, 2010
Image via WikipediaCalifornia Chronicle | Music: Jazz legend Herbie Hancock plays the Mann tonight
Aug. 13--WHEN YOU'RE Herbie Hancock, you can do . . . whatever.
Make the music you want. Tour when you want (he's at the Mann tonight). Even veer off at age 70 into whole new gigs -- starting your own record label, serving as international goodwill ambassador for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, taking on programming duties as the Creative Chair for Jazz at the L.A. Philharmonic.
A true legend, Hancock has a long history as one of jazz's most influential and forward-thinking keyboardists, hearkening back to his classic "cool school" sideman stints with Miles Davis and the "Maiden Voyage" of his own career as a front man in the early 1960s.
With his last three (of "maybe 100") albums, Hancock has put on a new coat as thematic presenter/collaborator, in the vein of his good pal Quincy Jones.
Sometimes the keyboardist is even sitting in the back seat, letting others drive the recording session, the better to explore a theme and allow his young co-stars to shine in a jazzier context than they could on their own.