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HIDDEN ERROR: Usage of "religion" is not recognized Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Hancock's best-known compositions include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man" (later performed by dozens of...

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On Apr 7, 2011. 9:33am
Christopher Lynch said

One of the most versatile and all-round talents in jazz. Is there anything in the jazz canon he hasn't tried? Always a treat live too. Still adore his early work on the Fender Rhodes.

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