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Because It's Herbie
I would love to spend an evening with Herbie Hancock. He is one of the last vestiges of old school jazz, bridging the gap between the early boppers and contemporary musicians. He and fellow jazzers such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter grabbed traditional jazz by the lapels and forcibly introduced it to rock, funk, and R&B. Personally speaking, I would be a much different musician today if not for these guys and their peers.

Herbie probably had to have an enormous mantel installed in his home to handle the numerous Grammy Awards (twelve), his Academy Award (for the soundtrack to 'Round Midnight) and well over a dozen more assorted awards and honors. His new album The Imagine Project sounds like a definite must-have, described on his website as an "unprecedented international recording and film project featuring collaborations between music legend Herbie Hancock and a dozen superstars from every region of the planet." Guests include Jeff Beck, Dave Matthews, Chaka Khan, and Wayne Shorter.


Today's video features Mr. Hancock performing Space Captain from his new album with guest artists Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. I can't say this is my favorite Herbie Hancock performance, as it comes across more as a Tedeschi/Trucks performance with Herbie on piano... but hey, it's Herbie! Regardless, it's a great tune with great performances all around, especially from the gutsy-voiced Susan Tedeschi.

You can watch the video on the big player on my Music Video page, along with bunches more cool videos.
 

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