Number of page: 352
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our timeIn Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way.From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock’s undeniable musical genius.Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.
- carolyn blakeney
I’m happy to have the pleasure of reading this amazing memoir.
Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter
Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination Throughout Shorter s extraordinary fifty year career his compositions have helped define the sounds of each distinct era in the history of jazz Filled with musical analysis by Mercer enlivened by Shorter s vivid recollections and enriched by more than seventy five original interviews with his friends and associates this book is at once an invaluable history of music from bebop to pop an intimate and moving biography and a story of a man s struggle toward the full realization of his gifts and of himself
Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia
One of Bustle s 17 of the Best Nonfiction Books Coming in January 2017 and Men s Journal s 7 Best Books of January Brilliant real and readable former U S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright A USA Today New and Noteworthy Book Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times in 1995 2005 and 2015 making friends in eleven different cities then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people s lives in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan to a farmer in Buryatia to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk to a wealthy family in Chelyabinsk to a rap star in Moscow Dickey profiles a wide cross section of people in one of the most fascinating dynamic and important countries on Earth Along the way she explores dramatic changes in everything from technology to social norms drinks copious amounts of vodka and learns firsthand how the Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin Including powerful photographs of people and places over time and filled with wacky travel stories unexpected twists and keen insights Bears in the Streets offers an unprecedented on the ground view of Russia today
Reaching Beyond: Improvisations on Jazz, Buddhism, and a Joyful Life
In Reaching Beyond Buddhist thinker and activist Daisaku Ikeda explores the origins development and international influence of jazz with legendary artists Herbie Hancockand Wayne Shorter Reflecting on their lives and careers Mr Hancock and Mr Shorter sharethe lessons they have learned from their musical mentors including MilesDavis and Art Blakey and how the Buddhist philosophy they ve learnedfrom President Ikeda over the past forty years deeply resonates with theemancipatory spirit of jazz These wide ranging conversations include such thought provoking topics as Music s mission for peace in a time of discord The importance of the artist s spiritual growth The Buddhist concept of changing poison into medicine Ways to make the ideal America a reality for everyoneReaching Beyond offers positive new ideasfor musicians and nonmusicians alike
You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band
As the 1960s ended Herbie Hancock embarked on a grand creative experiment Having just been dismissed from the celebrated Miles Davis Quintet he set out on the road playing with his first touring group as a leader until he eventually formed what would become a revolutionary band Taking the Swahili name Mwandishi the group would go on to play some of the most innovative music of the 1970s fusing an assortment of musical genres American and African cultures and acoustic and electronic sounds into groundbreaking experiments that helped shape the American popular music that followed In You ll Know When You Get There Bob Gluck offers the first comprehensive study of this influential group mapping the musical technological political and cultural changes that they not only lived in but also effected Beginning with Hancock s formative years as a sideman in bebop and hard bop ensembles his work with Miles Davis and the early recordings under his own name Gluck uncovers the many ingredients that would come to form the Mwandishi sound He offers an extensive series of interviews with Hancock and other band members the producer and engineer who worked with them and a catalog of well known musicians who were profoundly influenced by the group Paying close attention to the Mwandishi band s repertoire he analyzes a wide array of recordings many little known and examines the group s instrumentation their pioneering use of electronics and their transformation of the studio into a compositional tool From protofunk rhythms to synthesizers to the reclamation of African identities Gluck tells the story of a highly peculiar and thrillingly unpredictable band that became a hallmark of American genius