Undoubtable Herbie Hancock’s commercial success really took off from his 1973 album Head Hunters, arguably peaking with his Academy Award for Best Original Score for Round Midnight in 1986.
But commercial success is one thing another is his huge and impressive contribution to Jazz music overall.
“Tell me a bedtime story” from his 1969 album Fat Albert Rotunda
At the above album Hancock was already starting a transition into Jazz-Fusion that would be dominant in the 1970’s, but Herbie Hancock did recordings also all the way through the 1960’s, making his first solo release in 1962 with “Takin’ Off” on blue note
“Us3” a London founded Jazz-rap group had a huge hit with “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” from their debut album “Hand on the Torch” in 1992/93. The track was based on Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” using samples from the 1964 original.
“Cantaloupe Island” was recorded for Herbie Hancock’s fourth solo album Empyrean Isles from 1964, then I listen to this it is easy to understand why “Us3” took up the cover version, true brilliance where less is so much more.
The musicians for the original 1964 recording were: Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (cornet), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).