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Futureshock: Herbie Hancock and the Body Politics of Pop

A classically trained jazz pianist who spent five years with the Miles Davis Quintet, Herbie Hancock is also a practising Buddhist whose ideas about transcending the body are realized in his funky cyborg "Rockit" video.

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An Alternative Christmas Playlist for the Coming Ice Age

If the idea is that earth, water, fire, air and space constitute the core elements of life, then these five songs might seem as their equivalents to surviving the complications that come from embracing the good and enduring the ugly of the Christmas season.

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Joni Mitchell Biography 'Reckless Daughter' Is Lush and Complex

All sides of the mosaic, mercurial, brilliant music legend Joni Mitchell appear in David Yaffe's definitive biography.

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Finding the Sublime in Jazz, an Argument for Abstraction

Jazz columnist Will Layman presents seven pieces of music as evidence of the beauty and urgency of pure sound in instrumental jazz.

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Various Artists: Miles Ahead Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Don Cheadle, director and star of Miles Ahead, has assembled a mostly enticing soundtrack to his film, though still peppered with a few inessentials.

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Buddhism Wins and Crack Loses in 'Herbie Hancock: Possibilities'

Herbie Hancock's memoir shows us how possibilities in and of themselves can be fleeting, but their ripple effects can go on nearly forever.

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Monterey Jazz Festival: 19 September 2014 (Photos)

The 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival shone bright as a beacon for a long-standing organization with a mission for musical outreach and jazz education.

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Various Artists: The Best of Blue Note

Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.

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List This! A Beginner's Guide to Blue Note Records

Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.

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Herbie Hancock: 4 October 2013 - Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Photos)

1973 was the year of Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock's seminal album. Forty years later, crowds are still loving "Chameleon", "Watermelon Man" and Hancock himself.

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"I Look at Every Concert Like a New Painting": Bill Evans' Soulgrass

Bill Evans, as both the lead artist in Soulgrass and the provider of the canvas, is ever so welcoming into this magical little art studio of a band. But you’d better have come to paint.

Chad Berndtson
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Why the Grammys Matter

So your favorites didn’t win, huh? Get over it. Bashing the Grammys is too easy. Try recognizing them as markers of what is happening in the music industry, not on your iPod.

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Herbie Hancock "Chameleon" Crowd Sourced Video

A new fangled video for "Chameleon".

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The Top 10 Jazz Tunes For People Who Don't Like Jazz

While jazz’s complexity cannot be denied, much of the music remains accessible to all. The trick is just finding the right tunes and artists, those who have a universal appeal beyond the scope of the typical, admittedly somewhat limited, jazz audience.

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Herbie Hancock at Canon Pixma Pro-1 Launch: 26 October 2011

Canon's "Exactly as you envisioned" event hosts Herbie Hancock and introduces the new Pixma Pro-1 printer.

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10 Songs for Before, During, and After the Summer Storms

If we are going to learn to grin and bear this year's enhanced, prolonged stormy activity, we need an equally stormy playlist to accompany the thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and whatever other maladies Mother Nature might throw our way during this summer season

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The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

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On TV This Week: Paul McCartney and the PBS Special with a Long Title

As a fan of both Paul McCartney and the Beatles, I heard quite a bit about this special, and had low expectations. The event seemed focus too much on itself and its guests instead of the real reason they were there.

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Talking About Jazz (Again) and Appreciating Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter is the authentic item that aficionados savor, but whom virtually anyone with unpolluted ears can immediately appreciate.

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Five Guys or, the Greatest Band of All Time (No, Really)

Aside from John Coltrane's classic quartet, there is no jazz band that can hold a candle to the second Miles Davis quintet.

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"Rockit" Science: '80s Instrumental Pop in the Brave New (Digital) World

Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit' undeniably accelerated hip-hop's journey to mainstream prominence. "When the whole breakdancing thing started happening, 'Rockit' was the only song that any of us would ever, ever dance to."

David Kammerer
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Herbie Hancock: Old School American Idol

Herbie Hancock Is Cooler Than Us And He Always Has Been

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Lionel Loueke: Karibu

The African guitarist makes an evocative and quietly exciting date for Blue Note.

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Various Artists: Now We Are Ten

The ten-year celebration of one-man label Trunk contains some of the prettiest, funniest, and strangest sounds you will ever hear.

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Joe Henderson: Power to the People

A lost hint of jazz-rock fusion from one of jazz's finest straight post-bop players.

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The Best Jazz of 2007

In spite of the perception of jazz as an increasingly niche market, the year's best show a style of music that remains ever youthful in its exploration of new territories, expanding its diversity and range of expression.

Will Layman
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Herbie Hancock: River

The great jazz pianist, with Wayne Shorter at his elbow and a list of sympathetic guest singers, makes a stunning Joni Mitchell tribute.

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Herbie Hancock: The Essential Herbie Hancock

A career retrospective of the great jazz pianist and popsmith spanning four decades, seven labels and as many styles.

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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

A largely forgettable set of pop duets that could be interpreted as a regrettable sell-out move if it actually had any commercial potential. Hancock's Starbucks album yawns toward blandness.

Will Layman
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Herbie Hancock: Speak Like a Child

This is every bit a product of the sea-changes in jazz at the time, a melancholy and affecting snapshot of a fading era.

Tim O'Neil

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