Master jazz pianist Herbie Hancock is working on a new album and is reportedly doing so with some other huge names in music. The 77 year old has won 14 Grammy’s throughout his career, and now he’s working with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Common and others.
Terrace Martin is producing the project, and has worked with Kendrick and Snoop in the past. Hancock said “I’m learning a lot from the young people I’m working with. Because they built the new structures, social media and that whole arena, and that affects how you get things out in front of the public to let them know you’re working on something.”
According to Billboard:
Though technically a jazz keyboardist, Hancock’s inventive work has been frequently sampled in hip-hop, most notably his electro-funk ’80s staple “Rockit,” which has been re-purposed over seventy times, as SDT points out. And he strongly believes in the power of bridging rap and jazz himself: When Billboard asked in 2016 if he thought that Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly was “a gateway to jazz,” he replied, “Oh, I know it is.”
The upcoming album from the Jazz legend has no release date as of yet.