Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock has impacted music since the ’60s with his contributions, and this year, the 77-year-old 14-time Grammy winner has a new project on the way, featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry, according to a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The famed keyboardist revealed that hip-hop’s most revered artists are working with him on his jazz-funk and hip-hop hybrid album for 2018, which includes Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Common, in addition to working with Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington and saxophonist/keyboardist Terrace Martin, who is also producing Hancock’s upcoming project.
“I want to make records that point toward the concept of bringing people together and working toward encouraging people to aspire to be global citizens, and not just American citizens, or Italian citizens or Japanese citizens,” said Hancock.
He added, “To be global, or world, citizens is vital. Because that’s what we’ll be facing in the future and this whole thing of pitting one country against another — that stuff has to die. So, one way to do that is if you have people from different cultures, races, ethnicities and backgrounds in general, and put them together. They can come up with something no single person could possibly come up with.”
Although humble of his contributions to music, Hancock said that he is “still learning” from some of the new perspectives of his younger features.
“I’m learning a lot from the young people I’m working with,” he said, “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.”
It’s unclear when the album will debut, but it’s bound to be a banger.
For additional details, read the full interview on The San Diego Union-Tribune.
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