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On the contrary, Hancock gets really interesting in the '70s, with Sextant, Mwandishi, , Crossings, Thrust, etc. He opened up to electronics with more gusto than almost any other jazz musician, and doing so added kaleidoscopic colors to his already multi-hued tone palette. In the '70s, Hancock became both funkier and more cosmic, and in the process he helped to expand jazz's horizons.

One can enjoy his '60s work and his later explorations; it doesn't have to be an either/or proposition.

Posted by opalescent arcs | October 25, 2006 1:37 PM

Add Head Hunters to that litany, too.

Posted by opalescent arcs | October 25, 2006 1:39 PM

Back in the late 80s, I saw Herbie Hancock on the street and told him I really liked his work.

Posted by fan of joe zawinul | October 25, 2006 2:36 PM

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