Herbie Hancock recently spoke with the San Diego Tribune and shared details about his new album that’s currently underway. Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar are a few of the artists making contributions to the project. Terrace Martin is producing the untitled album and he is performing with Hancock’s current band.
Hancock’s first exploration into hip-hop happened in the ’80s when he released the Grammy-winning “Rockit” which was a collaboration with famed DJ GrandMixer DXT. “Rockit” was the first hip-hop jazz song and gave jazz purists another reason to criticize his musical progression into contemporary styles. He was well respected as a member of Miles Davis’s second quintet and as his own bandleader. He became a star in the ’60’s because of his Blue Note recordings that included his famous albums Empyrean Isles and Maiden Voyage. In the ’70’s he formed his jazz-funk band that released three influential albums that became known as the Mwandishi era because that was the title of the first album.
Hancock’s persistent eye for the future is always at the front of whatever he chooses to create and the new album is another step in that direction. In the interview with the San Diego Tribune, he talks about people becoming global citizens to unite and change the world as the inspiration behind the new music. There is no release date for the project that will be his first since 2010’s The Imagine Project.