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The Herbie Hancock Box

Herbie Hancock

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Given that Blue Note Records has issued a definitive 1960s box set of Hancock's earliest -- and some consider his most seminal -- work, and the literally dozens of best-ofs that have been issued, more by Columbia than by anybody else, this set with its spare futuristic design might at first glance seem like overkill, as in, "do we really need another Herbie Hancock collection, especially a damned box set?" In this case, it's very important to take a second and even third look. For starters, this set is housed in a see-though plastic box, all four CDs clearly visible on spare individual trays. On a fifth tray rests the CD booklet. On the bottom of the box is a sticker identifying the contents within. In the booklet are complete liners by Herbie himself (actually, excepts from an interview by Chuck Mitchell), and gorgeous reproductions of the album covers. It's a cool coffee table conversation piece for hep cats and kitties who are into jazz -- or those who just like happening accoutrements in their living spaces. More substantial is that the material covered here encompasses a whopping 23 albums recorded over 13 years! There are 34 tracks spread out over these four discs, and while little here is completely unreleased, a number of cuts have never been made available in the States before. Lastly, given all of the Hancock material on the market, this set is the only one to capture the huge depth and breadth of Hancock's musically restless vision as it has been recorded. The discs are not presented in chronological order, and that, too, is in keeping with Hancock's modus operandi. Disc one starts with the first V.S.O.P. project from 1976, which was the Miles quintet with Freddie Hubbard playing all new tunes, so you hear the introduction to "Maiden Voyage" and the track itself. Next, it shifts to 1979 with Hancock's Live Under the Sky album, with a killer version of "Para Oriente," and then shifts yet again to the Piano album in 1978, where Hancock plays a "Harvest Time" solo before moving to "The Sorcerer" from the Quartet album of 1981. Before the disc has concluded, you've moved through more V.S.O.P., and the theme from the Round Midnight soundtrack. Disc two features more of these same treatments from the same periods generally, but features a killer version of V.S.O.P. going for broke on a completely unreleased version of Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay" from 1977. Disc three is nearly worth the price of the box alone. This is where you get to explore the electric side of Hancock, and the various guises he worked under from the time he immediately left Miles and worked with some musicians who were totally outside his frame of reference. For instance, there is the glorious "Rain Dance" from 1972, with a large band that included trombonist Julian Priester, synthesist Patrick Gleeson, and drummer Billy Hart. Also, along with more well-known classics such as "Watermelon Man," from Head Hunters, you get tracks from Flood; Thrust; the killer Death Wish title theme with Wah Wah Watson and Lee Ritenour on guitars; "Sun Touch" from Man-Child, featuring the most beautiful flute solo ever played by Ernie Watts; Secrets; Sunlight; and the outstanding "4 a.m.," from the Mr. Hands album. This track, with a quartet that features the late Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams, and percussionist Bill Summers, reveals the amazing depth of empathy Hancock had for the musicians he employed. His trading of lower runs with Jaco provides a listen to how tender Pastorius could be when presented with a keyboard player who was content to let him sing on the bass, and also how Hancock never has the need to dominate the proceedings, preferring to let the band speak for itself on his tunes. Disc four also features Hancock's more electric ventures. While the material ranges chronologically from "Chameleon" on Head Hunters to a Bill Laswell remake of "Maiden Voyage" in 1988, the sense of continuity that the rest of the box has doesn't seem to flow as easily. The rather jarring juxtapositions of "Stars in Your Eyes," from 1980, to "Rock It," in 1983, to "Calypso" from Mr. Hands in 1980, to "Nobu," in 1974, is too vast an expanse -- mood-wise as well as aesthetically -- to bridge. Perhaps it's the range of musicians that includes everyone from Ray Parker Jr. and Sheila E to Harvey Mason and Tony Williams, just to name a few. While the individual bands add up to pure delight, the track-to-track moves atmospheres, even in the funk-hip-hop worldview from bumpin' street funk to jagged, angular grooves, to near-overdriven bass, and timelines that obliterate continuity. In all, this is a small complaint; doubtless, many will use the random feature on a CD player to remedy this, or the programming feature. The Herbie Hancock Box does stand as a more than representative view of the musician's work with Columbia and reveals how lasting and influential his contributions have been, as well as how diverse, and that's really the point. Hours upon hours of pleasure await the listener who drops the cash for this fine artifact.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Piano Introduction (Live) (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:04:32

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Tony Williams, Drums - David Rubinson & Friends, Producer

(P) 1977 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Maiden Voyage (Live)
Herbie Hancock
00:13:19

Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Para Oriente (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:07:14

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums - Tony Williams, Composer - Tony Williams, Lyricist

(P) 1979 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Harvest Time (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:04:47

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Jean Hancock, Composer - Jean Hancock, Lyricist - David Rubinson, Producer

(P) 1979 David Rubinson & Friends, Inc. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
The Sorcerer (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:07:17

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Ron Carter, Bass - Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Diana (Live)
Herbie Hancock
00:04:32

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Composer - Wayne Shorter, Lyricist - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Finger Painting (Album Version)
The Quintet
00:06:41

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - V.S.O.P., The Quintet, Performer - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1979 Sony Music Entertainment(Japan)Inc.

8
'Round Midnight (Album Version)
Bobby McFerrin
00:05:36

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Ron Carter, Bass - C. Williams, Lyricist - C. Williams, Composer - Bobby McFerrin, Vocal - Bobby McFerrin, Performer - Unknown, Producer - B. Hanighen, Composer - B. Hanighen, Lyricist - T. Monk, Composer - T. Monk, Lyricist - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1986 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
The Eye Of The Hurricane (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:18:31

Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

DISQUE 2

1
Domo (Album Version)
V.S.O.P.The Quintet
00:12:22

Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1979 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
Dolphin Dance (Album Version)
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
00:10:16

Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Ron Carter, Bass - Herbie Hancock Trio, Performer - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1981 David Rubinson & Friends, Inc. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away) (Live)
Chick Corea
00:08:50

Chick Corea, Piano - Chick Corea, Performer - D. Rubinson, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Producer - George Gershwin, Composer - George Gershwin, Lyricist - Ira Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Lyricist - Jeffrey Cohen, Co-Producer - Gus Kahn, Composer - Gus Kahn, Lyricist

(P) 1978 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Eighty-One (Live)
Herbie Hancock
00:13:01

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Ron Carter, Composer - Ron Carter, Lyricist - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums - Miles Davis, Composer - Miles Davis, Lyricist

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Milestones (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:06:37

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - M. Davis, Lyricist - M. Davis, Composer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1977 David Rubinson & Friends, Inc. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Stella By Starlight/On Green Dolphin Street (Live)
Herbie Hancock
00:07:03

Victor Young, Composer - Victor Young, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Ned Washington, Composer - Ned Washington, Lyricist - Bronislaw Kaper, Composer - Bronislaw Kaper, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer

(P) 1979 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Red Clay (Album Version)
V.S.O.P.The Quintet
00:10:54

Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Freddie Hubbard, Composer - Freddie Hubbard, Lyricist - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet - Wayne Shorter, Tenor Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 2002 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

DISQUE 3

1
Rain Dance (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:09:15

Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Billy Hart, Drums - Julian Priester, Trombone - Bernie Maupin, Soprano Saxophone - Unknown, Producer - Patrick Gleeson Dr., Synthesizer - Eddie Henderson Dr., Trumpet - Buster Williams, Acoustic Bass

(P) 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Watermelon Man (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:06:29

Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Mike Clarke, Drums - Unknown, Producer - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Bill Summers, Percussion

(P) 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Butterfly (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:11:17

Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Bennie Maupin, Flute - Bennie Maupin, Bass Clarinet - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Mike Clark, Drums - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Bill Summers, Percussion

(P) 1974 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Death Wish (Main Title) (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:06:10

Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Bennie Maupin, Tenor Saxophone - Mike Clark, Drums - Unknown, Producer - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Bill Summers, Percussion

(P) 1974 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Actual Proof (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:08:28

Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Bennie Maupin, Flute - Mike Clarke, Drums - Unknown, Producer - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Blackbird McKnight, Guitar - Bill Summers, Percussion

(P) 1974 David Rubinson & Friends, Inc. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Sun Touch (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:05:08

Bud Brisbois, Trumpet - Blackbird McKnight, Guitar - Jim Horn, Flute - Mike Clark, Drums - Bennie Maupin, Flute - Bennie Maupin, Bass Clarinet - Paul Jackson, Bass - Jay DaVersa, Trumpet - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Synthesizer - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Bill Summers, Percussion - Unknown, Producer - Ernie Watts, Flute

(P) 1975 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
4 A.M. (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:05:21

Jaco Pastorius, Acoustic Bass - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Bill Summers, Percussion - Harvey Mason, Drums

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Come Running to Me (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:08:24

Baba Duru, Tabla - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Herbie Hancock, Vocal - Herbie Hancock, Background Vocal - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - James Levi, Drums - Bill Summers, Percussion - Raul Rekow, Congas - Herbise Hancock, Synthesizer - Allee Willis, Composer - Allee Willis, Lyricist

(P) 1978 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
People Music (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:07:07

M. Ragin, Composer - M. Ragin, Lyricist - Jaco Pastorius, Electric Guitar - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - P. Jackson, Composer - P. Jackson, Lyricist - Bill Summers, Percussion - Harvey Mason, Drums

(P) 1976 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

DISQUE 4

1
Chameleon (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:15:40

H. Mason, Composer - H. Mason, Lyricist - Bennie Maupin, Performer - Material, Producer - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - B. Maupin, Composer - B. Maupin, Lyricist - David Rubinson, Producer - Bill Summers, Percussion - P. Jackson, Composer - P. Jackson, Lyricist - Harvey Mason, Drums

(P) 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Stars in Your Eyes (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:07:04

G. Christopher, Lyricist - G. Christopher, Composer - Sheila Escovedo, Percussion - Greg Walker, Vocal - L. Capuano, Composer - L. Capuano, Lyricist - Material, Producer - Alphonse Mouzon, Drums - Alphonse Mouzon, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - David Rubinson, Producer - "Wah Wah" Watson, Guitar - Freddie Washington, Acoustic Bass - R. Parker, Jr., Composer - R. Parker, Jr., Lyricist

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Rockit (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:05:24

M. Beinhorn, Composer - M. Beinhorn, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Synthesizer - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Material, Producer - B. LASWELL, Composer - B. LASWELL, Lyricist - Michael Beinhorn, Performer - Bill Laswell, Acoustic Bass

(P) 1983 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Calypso (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:06:34

Herbie Hancock, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Ron Carter, Bass - Sheila Escovedo, Percussion - Tony Williams, Drums

(P) 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Satisfied with Love (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:06:29

Jean Hancock, Composer - Jean Hancock, Lyricist - Wah Wah Watson, Guitar - Material, Producer - Alphonse Mouzon, Drums - Gavin Christopher, Vocal - Herbie Hancock, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Luther Waters, Vocal - David Rubinson, Producer - Freddie Washington, Acoustic Bass - Oren Waters, Vocal - Maxine Waters, Vocal - Julia Waters, Vocal

(P) 1981 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Karabali (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:05:14

B. Laswell, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Wayne Shorter, Soprano Saxophone - Hamid Drake, Cymbals - Bernard Fowler, Performer - Material, Producer - TONY MEILANDT, Producer - D. Ponce, Composer - D. Ponce, Lyricist

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Spider (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:07:20

Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Piano - Herbie Hancock, Performer - James Levi, Drums - Kenneth Nash, Percussion - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Unknown, Producer - Paul Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Paul Jackson, Composer - Paul Jackson, Lyricist - Melvin Ragin, Composer - Melvin Ragin, Lyricist

(P) 1976 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Nobu (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:07:23

Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Unknown, Producer

(P) 1974 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Maiden Voyage / P. Bop (Album Version)
Herbie Hancock
00:06:32

B. Collins, Composer - B. Collins, Lyricist - William "Bootsy" Collins, Acoustic Bass - Herbie Hancock, Composer - Herbie Hancock, Producer - Herbie Hancock, Keyboards - Herbie Hancock, Performer - Herbie Hancock, Lyricist - Nicky Skopelitis, Composer - Nicky Skopelitis, Lyricist - Material, Producer - Bill Laswell, Producer - Bill Laswell, Composer - Bill Laswell, Lyricist

(P) 1988 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Descriptif de l'album

Given that Blue Note Records has issued a definitive 1960s box set of Hancock's earliest -- and some consider his most seminal -- work, and the literally dozens of best-ofs that have been issued, more by Columbia than by anybody else, this set with its spare futuristic design might at first glance seem like overkill, as in, "do we really need another Herbie Hancock collection, especially a damned box set?" In this case, it's very important to take a second and even third look. For starters, this set is housed in a see-though plastic box, all four CDs clearly visible on spare individual trays. On a fifth tray rests the CD booklet. On the bottom of the box is a sticker identifying the contents within. In the booklet are complete liners by Herbie himself (actually, excepts from an interview by Chuck Mitchell), and gorgeous reproductions of the album covers. It's a cool coffee table conversation piece for hep cats and kitties who are into jazz -- or those who just like happening accoutrements in their living spaces. More substantial is that the material covered here encompasses a whopping 23 albums recorded over 13 years! There are 34 tracks spread out over these four discs, and while little here is completely unreleased, a number of cuts have never been made available in the States before. Lastly, given all of the Hancock material on the market, this set is the only one to capture the huge depth and breadth of Hancock's musically restless vision as it has been recorded. The discs are not presented in chronological order, and that, too, is in keeping with Hancock's modus operandi. Disc one starts with the first V.S.O.P. project from 1976, which was the Miles quintet with Freddie Hubbard playing all new tunes, so you hear the introduction to "Maiden Voyage" and the track itself. Next, it shifts to 1979 with Hancock's Live Under the Sky album, with a killer version of "Para Oriente," and then shifts yet again to the Piano album in 1978, where Hancock plays a "Harvest Time" solo before moving to "The Sorcerer" from the Quartet album of 1981. Before the disc has concluded, you've moved through more V.S.O.P., and the theme from the Round Midnight soundtrack. Disc two features more of these same treatments from the same periods generally, but features a killer version of V.S.O.P. going for broke on a completely unreleased version of Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay" from 1977. Disc three is nearly worth the price of the box alone. This is where you get to explore the electric side of Hancock, and the various guises he worked under from the time he immediately left Miles and worked with some musicians who were totally outside his frame of reference. For instance, there is the glorious "Rain Dance" from 1972, with a large band that included trombonist Julian Priester, synthesist Patrick Gleeson, and drummer Billy Hart. Also, along with more well-known classics such as "Watermelon Man," from Head Hunters, you get tracks from Flood; Thrust; the killer Death Wish title theme with Wah Wah Watson and Lee Ritenour on guitars; "Sun Touch" from Man-Child, featuring the most beautiful flute solo ever played by Ernie Watts; Secrets; Sunlight; and the outstanding "4 a.m.," from the Mr. Hands album. This track, with a quartet that features the late Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams, and percussionist Bill Summers, reveals the amazing depth of empathy Hancock had for the musicians he employed. His trading of lower runs with Jaco provides a listen to how tender Pastorius could be when presented with a keyboard player who was content to let him sing on the bass, and also how Hancock never has the need to dominate the proceedings, preferring to let the band speak for itself on his tunes. Disc four also features Hancock's more electric ventures. While the material ranges chronologically from "Chameleon" on Head Hunters to a Bill Laswell remake of "Maiden Voyage" in 1988, the sense of continuity that the rest of the box has doesn't seem to flow as easily. The rather jarring juxtapositions of "Stars in Your Eyes," from 1980, to "Rock It," in 1983, to "Calypso" from Mr. Hands in 1980, to "Nobu," in 1974, is too vast an expanse -- mood-wise as well as aesthetically -- to bridge. Perhaps it's the range of musicians that includes everyone from Ray Parker Jr. and Sheila E to Harvey Mason and Tony Williams, just to name a few. While the individual bands add up to pure delight, the track-to-track moves atmospheres, even in the funk-hip-hop worldview from bumpin' street funk to jagged, angular grooves, to near-overdriven bass, and timelines that obliterate continuity. In all, this is a small complaint; doubtless, many will use the random feature on a CD player to remedy this, or the programming feature. The Herbie Hancock Box does stand as a more than representative view of the musician's work with Columbia and reveals how lasting and influential his contributions have been, as well as how diverse, and that's really the point. Hours upon hours of pleasure await the listener who drops the cash for this fine artifact.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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