Live Wire: The great innovator
Taipei Times Nov 8 2013
Most artists adapt themselves to the musical climate around them. It is only the rare few who exert their will upon music itself, changing it to their own whims, creating something entirely new in the process. Herbie Hancock has spent a lifetime in music doing the latter. Be it jazz, funk, hip hop, R&B or electronic music, the multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and band leader has found a way to not merely influence, but alter multiple genres of music, putting his indelible imprint on them in ways other musicians could only dream of. Then again, if you want to stay ahead of the game, you have to be able to take those things others can only dream of, and find a way to make them real.