MY interest in Herbie Hancock’s music has ranged over the years, but it has not so much gone up and down as much as side to side. I first heard, and loved, the funky stuff. Later I discovered his years with Miles, and then, still later, his Bill Evans-y solo records like Speak Like a Child and Empyrean Isles. My sense of his best and most enduring music varies, but Hancock remains among the most fascinating and protean living musicians.
In any case, Hancock, who I interviewed a few days ago, comes to the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday in a bill that includes titan of the saxophone Kamasi Washington. (Fun/ pointless fact: I am working on Hancock’s song Maiden Voyage in my jazz-guitar lessons. It’s profound — and not as easy as I’d hoped.)
My interview, in the LA Weekly, and with a great anecdote about Miles, is here.