Herbie Hancock At Harvard

The distinguished pianist, composer and leader is the 2014 occupant of the chair held by Bernstein, Cage, Eliot, Stravinsky and Gordimer, among others.

Hancock at Harvard

Herbie Hancock smilingFor further details, including how to get a ticket for the remaining lectures in the series, go here. As for what qualifies Hancock for the honor, we have a demonstration of two attributes, his composing and his playing. The piece is “Chan’s Song.” His accompanists are bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins.

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  1. Wayne Tucker says

    Hancock is such a master of all genres, from jazz to fusion to pop, that he richly deserves this honor. And it’s nice that he is alive to receive it. He lost me a bit during his Columbia fusion years, but I still follow him closely. I have all his Blue Notes, and “Speak Like A Child” is my favorite.

  2. Charlton Price says

    This is surely virtuosic, but where’s the beef?

    “Chan” — Mrs. Bird?

    Miles Davis’ ‘wisdom” ? Details, please.

  3. says

    At first I thought “the drummer’s mixed low-can’t hear him well.” Then, I saw that he is using one brush and one mallet. During Herbie’s solo, I first thought (more self-quotes coming ) “Herbie’s rhythmic freedom is what’s interesting here.” Then, he gets back in the groove. Now, I’m not sure whether he just couldn’t hear the drummer. During that time, I also wasn’t getting a sense of time from the bass player. What did other people hear?