Herbie Hancock is 70 years old today
One of the best to do it, EVAR, turns 70 today. IMO this guy career is exemplary. Nobody is really seeing Herbie when it comes to the combination of:
- Being a master of his instrument.
- Having a unique, instantly recognizable style of playing.
- Being an excellent songwriter/arranger with a knack for beautiful melodies. So many classic tunes.
- Staying productive.
- Pushing technological boundaries.
- Always open to, and incorporating new ideas in his music (never judgmental)
- Consistency in diversity, be it on the solo tip, as a sideman, scoring a film, etc. Herbie always seems to be on his game.
- Avoiding the pitfalls of the music industry (drugs/health, career control). Focused daily.
- Inspiring other musicians. Starting numerous musical trends or making major contributions to them.
- Just being a nice dude.