Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Rockit Man

Back when I was a freshman in college I heard/saw a video on MTV titled "Rockit" by this guy Herbie Hancock. I thought, "This sucks!!" The video went on to win all sorts of awards as it was directed by Godley and Creme. I still didn't like the hip-hop style that was just emerging. I also had no idea who the hell this Hancock guy was, but I knew I hated his music. Fast forward to 1990 and I was living near Portland OR. My favorite radio station was KMHD, jazz on 89 from Mount Hood Community College. There was nothing like driving through the Columbia River Gorge with jazz playing on the radio (a feat I repeated several years back when I when to Rainfurest). I especially loved be-bop and jazz from the 50's and 60's. They played a piece with a wonderful piano solo. Imagine my surprise when I found out that it was Herbie Hancock. Wait! The SAME guy? Yup. I then discovered his rich past where he played with the greats like Miles Davis. I sought out some of his early music and bought a 6-cd box set of his time with Blue Note Records. Great stuff! I loved it! So imagine my delight when I found out that he would be appearing live in ABQ! Kitty and I attended the concert last night and it was a great time! It was a pleasure to see such a jazz legend perform. I still don't like his more modern style which came dangerously close to freeform, but just to hear master musicians working their craft was such a joy. His drummer was a madman. His bass player was moonlighting from his usual gig as a player on the SNL Band. The guitar player did amazing things with his instrument, so much so that you thought he was playing a synthesizer. And of course Hancock tore up the piano, synth, and keyboard guitar. We had great seats about 15 rows back and dead center. I'll say it once again that it's great living in a city that can attract such talent and you can actually afford to see it in pretty intimate venues.
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