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Herbie Hancock to blend jazz and hip-hop on new album

Blending of the genres

Herbie Hancock is bringing the heat.

Jazz icon Herbie Hancock is gearing up to create the hybrid album of the decade.

Instead of heading down the traditional jazz route, the 77-year-old has decided to bring in a fresh perspective and blend his music with some of rap and hip-hop’s shining contemporaries.

The album, which currently has no title or release date beyond sometime in 2018, has allowed Hancock to take what he has given to the music scene and elevate it even further by collaborating and learning from some pretty huge names.

He tells the San Diego Tribune,

“I’m learning a lot from the young people I’m working with. Because they built the new structures, social media and that whole arena, and that affects how you get things out in front of the public to let them know you’re working on something. So I’m still learning, which I’m very happy about. I never want to stop learning.”

Featured on the album are rap icon Snoop Dogg, visionary Kendrick Lamar, Common, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Thundercat.

He will also be working with Wayne Shorter, the saxophonist who was part of the Miles Davis quintet with in the 1960s.

The record is being produced by jazz saxophonist/keyboardist Terrace Martin who will also feature on the album.

It makes sense that Martin will be producing as he’s worked with Hancock before and also produced work for both Kendrick and Snoop Dogg.

It’s likely that he bridged the gap between the artists and brought the collaborations together.

Hancock goes on to discuss that the collaborations he’s putting on this record, no matter how small, are meant to be part of the larger picture.

He wants his material to encourage people to be global citizens, not put ourselves into boxes defined by our ethnicities.

“To be global, or world, citizens is vital. Because that’s what we’ll be facing in the future and this whole thing of pitting one country against another — that stuff has to die. So, one way to do that is if you have people from different cultures, races, ethnicities and backgrounds in general, and put them together. They can come up with something no single person could possibly come up with.”

Well said, Herbie. The hybrid album is due out sometime in 2018.

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