From iconic bandleaders to unique talents, the best jazz pianists both shaped the genre and revolutionized the role of the piano in music.
The debut Blue Note single from Herbie Hancock remains an influential touchstone, decades on from its initial release.
This is a genuine classic, in a world where that has become an overused citation. Stevie Wonder’s 18th album is among the greatest albums of all time.
With ‘Royal Flush,’ Donald Byrd held a few aces up his sleeve, pushing the boundaries of hard bop while also introducing Herbie Hancock to the world.
The story behind one of the jazz legend’s most popular and durable tunes.
An essential intro to jazz for beginners, these 20 albums offer a guide to jazz that traces the music’s development over the 50s and 60s.
Including career-defining sessions that continue to make their influence felt, the best jazz albums of all time offer a wealth of stunning, must-hear music.
The compilation is set to arrive September 24.
From soul-jazz cuts to avant-garde explorations, ‘Empyrean Isles’ revealed that Herbie Hancock was a jazz icon in the making.
With ‘Contours,’ Sam Rivers proved that he was an innovator who could advance post-bop jazz when all norms were being challenged.
‘It’s Time!’ found Jackie McLean returning to the driving swing rhythms of hard bop, but it certainly wasn’t a conservative session.
Motown’s great songwriters were the foundations of the Great American Soulbook, an imaginary, but nonetheless awe-inspiring collection of songs written in the name of soul. But it did not come easy.
Produced by Creed Taylor, it featured guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, and others.
With his final release for Blue Note, ‘The Prisoner’, Herbie Hancock got “closer to the real me… than on any previous” album.
Left on the shelf for almost two decades, ‘Chant’ is a early 60s Donald Byrd classic that finds the trumpeter in exceptional form.