Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Hancock started his career with Donald Byrd. He shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet, where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. In the 1970s, Hancock experimented with jazz fusion, funk, and electro styles.
Hancock’s best-known compositions include the jazz standards “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man”, “Maiden Voyage”, and “Chameleon”, as well as the hit singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965. (by wikipedia)
1970-71 saw a seismic change in Hancock’s music – after finishing the “Fat Albert Rotunda” album at the end of 1969; his major recordings during 1970 were the Miles Davis albums “A Tribute to Jack Johnson” and “Live Evil”, then his studio album “Mwandishi” was recorded on December 31st, 1970. Quite a way to spend New Year’s Eve! This session comes eight months later.
In searching for information about this session, I can only see that it’s changed hands between traders as a tape and then a 2 CD set for many years; and that the 50 min section of “Ostinato” has sometimes been sold in some places. (by neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com)
And yes … you´ll hear many Free Jazz elements !
Recorded live at the NDR Studios, Hamburg, Germany, August 4th 1971
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Billy Hart (drums)
Eddie Henderson (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Bennie Maupin (saxophone, flute, bass clarinet)
Julian Priester (trombone)
Buster Williams (bass)
01. Toys (Hancok) 46.46
02.1. Speak Like A Child 27.13
02.2. Ostinato (Suite For Angela) 50.36
Music composed by Herbie Hancock