Herbie Hancock

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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, 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 music synthesizers and funk music (characterized by syncopated drum beats). 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.

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Filmography

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Selected Herbie Hancock film and TV show credits.

Composer Credits

2012
Occupy LA
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2010
On the Shoulders of Giants
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2009
Untitled Miles Davis Biopic
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2007
Pioneers for Peace: American Kosen Rufu
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1991
Livin' Large! (1991)
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1989
Harlem Nights (1989)
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1988
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1988
Colors (1988)
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1986
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1986
The George McKenna Story (1986) (TV Movie)
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1984
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1974
Death Wish (1974)
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1969
Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert (TV Movie)
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1966
Blow-Up (1966)
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1966
Herbie (Short Film)
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Music Department Credits

2002
Hitters (2002)
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2000
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2000
Traffic (2000)
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1991
Livin' Large! (1991)
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1986
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1974
Death Wish (1974)
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Soundtrack Credits

2013
The Heat (2013)
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2013
Hello Ladies (2013) (TV Show)
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2013
The Mark of Beauty
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2012
VH1 Divas 2012
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2011
2011 Soul Train Awards
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2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) (TV Show)
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2009
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2008
Marley & Me (2008)
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2007
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2007
Hot Rod (2007)
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2007
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2007
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2007
What Love Is (2007)
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2007
Words to Music: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 2007 (TV Movie)
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2006
Por Toda Minha Vida (2006) (TV Show)
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2005
Guess Who (2005)
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2005
I Love the 80's 3-D (2005) (TV Show)
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2005
Dancing with the Stars (2005) (TV Show)
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2005
My Name Is Earl (2005) (TV Show)
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2004
Dancing with the Stars (2004) (TV Show)
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2004
The X Factor (2004) (TV Show)
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2003
Wildboyz (2003) (TV Show)
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2002
Comedian (2002)
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2001
The Wash (2001)
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2001
Zoolander (2001)
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2001
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2001
Six Feet Under (2001) (TV Show)
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2001
Scratch (2001)
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2000
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2000
Down to You (2000)
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1999
Lost & Found (1999)
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1999
Office Space (1999)
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1998
Bulworth (1998)
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1998
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1998
Out of Sight (1998)
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1997
Donnie Brasco (1997)
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1996
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1995
It Takes Two (1995)
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1994
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1994
Tohuwabohu (TV Show)
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1993
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1993
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1993
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1993
Hookers Hustlers Pimps and Their Johns
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1992
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1991
Livin' Large! (1991)
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1989
Baywatch (1989) (TV Show)
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1988
Twins (1988)
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1988
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) (TV Show)
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1987
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1986
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1985
Fast Forward (1985)
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1985
Street Hawk (1985) (TV Show)
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1984
The New Mike Hammer (1984) (TV Show)
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1982
Fame (1982) (TV Show)
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1981
American Pop (1981)
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1979
Sunburn (1979)
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1979
The Bitch (1979)
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1978
Eighteen and Anxious
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1975
Saturday Night Live (1975) (TV Show)
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1975
Love Is Not Enough
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1964
Shindig! (1964) (TV Show)
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1964
Top of the Pops (1964) (TV Show)
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1964
Hollywood a Go Go (1964) (TV Show)
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Quotes

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List of Herbie Hancock quotes.

Creativity shouldn't be following radio; it should be the other way around.


See, there were certain rules I'd always used, and people like Trane, they would break those rules.


Getting the Oscar had the biggest impression on me.


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Dating History

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Albums

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List of albums by Herbie Hancock, including album cover photos.

Songs

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List of top 10 songs by Herbie Hancock.
Song TitleYear Released *Song Rank
Watermelon Man 2009 5,883
Cantaloupe Island 1988 10,462
Chameleon 1997 11,187
Maiden Voyage 1988 16,536
Rockit 1983 18,547
Dolphin Dance 1982 39,845
Sly 1997 22,076
Vein Melter 1997 31,816
The Eye Of The Hurricane 1997 47,286
Driftin' 1988 30,597
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

Music Videos

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List of music videos for all major Herbie Hancock songs.

Member Of


Herbie Hancock is associated with the following bands - this list includes musical groups belonged to past and present.


First NameHerbie
Last NameHancock
Full Name at BirthHerbert Jeffrey Hancock
Age74
Date of BirthApril 12, 1940
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States
BuildAverage
Hair ColorBlack
Star SignAries
EthnicityBlack
NationalityAmerican
Occupation CategoryPianist
Music GenreJazz, Piano
Music StyleFunk, Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Post-Bop, Hard Bop, Modal Music, Electro, Electronic, R&B, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Music MoodElegant, Sophisticated, Cerebral, Stylish, Amiable/Good-Natured, Poignant, Refined/Mannered, Rousing, Freewheeling, Complex, Searching, Sprawling, Spacey, Wry, Earnest, Literate, Exuberant, Quirky, Witty, Playful, Passionate
InstrumentSynthesizer, Piano, Composer, Keyboards, Leader, Piano (Electric), Clavinet, Guitar (Synthesizer), Fender Rhodes

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