Throwback: Black History Month: Herbie Hancock

Today is the 18th day of Black History Month. Over the course of the month, I’ll spend some time paying tribute to Black artists across a wide and diverse array of genres and styles. My hope is that these posts should serve as an important reminder that the Black experience is the American experience, that Black culture is American culture — and importantly, Black lives and Black art matter. You can’t love Black art and Black artists without giving a shit about Black people. 

This month won’t be a comprehensive study of Black music. It’ll be more idiosyncratic because — well, JOVM after all. Now, if you’ve been following this site, you may recall that so far I’ve paid tribute to:

I have to show some love to one of the greatest pianist and keyboardists ever, Herbie Hancock. Hancock has collaborated with a who’s who of legendary artists that includes Miles Davis, Ron Carter and a lengthy list of others through a series of different styles and sub-genres of jazz. His solo stuff through the 70s and 80s is amazing because it revealed Hancock to be one of the most forward-thinking and inventive artist of his day: “Rockit,” was the first smash-hit song to feature a DJ scratching. So how about that?