Herbie Hancock – Sound System (1984) – Lp
Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music.
Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Sound System
Label: CBS Recods
In the grand tradition of sequels, Sound-System picks up from where Future Shock left off — if anything, even louder and more bleakly industrial than before (indeed, “Hardrock” is “Rockit” with a heavier rock edge). Yet Hancock‘s experiments with techno-pop were leading him in the general direction of Africa, explicitly so with the addition of the Gambian multi-instrumentalist Foday Musa Suso on half of the tracks. “Junku,” written for the 1984 Olympic Games with Suso‘s electrified kora in the lead, is the transition track that stands halfway between “Rockit” and Hancock‘s mid-’80s Afro-jazz fusions. Also, “Karabali” features an old cohort, the squealing Wayne Shorter on soprano sax. (playing a lyricon, instead of a traditional saxophone) and went back to the days of Hancock’s African themed Mwandishi band.
Despite succumbing a bit to the overwhelming demand for more “Rockits,” Hancock‘s electric music still retained its adventurous edge.
“Junku” for instance, featured Foday Musa Suso and also was written for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. It served as the “Field” theme. It also was used during Hancock’s appearance on the long-running NBC Saturday Night Live.
1. Hardrock (6:08)
2. Metal Beat (4:53)
3. Karabali (5:17)
1. Junku (5:30)
2. People Are Changing (6:03)
3. Sound-System (5:51)