Jazz to Funk captures jazz legend Herbie Hancock at the peak of his transitional period in the late 1960s when he was moving from the hard-bop sound he had helped establish with Miles Davis and moving towards a more funk-laden sound layered with deep rhythms that would find a home in his work during the 1970s.
This two-disc collection of outtakes and rare recordings finds Hancock backed by some of the era’s most legendary influential players, including Don Cherry and Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums.
The first disc contains four rare cuts from a 1969 session with Albert “Tootie” Heath. Despite being originally listed as a side-man on the sessions, Hancock’s tasteful piano adds a swinging groove that takes center stage.
The second disc is a mishmash of outtakes from the 1966 soundtrack session for the film Blow Up. While not as hard hitting as the previous disc, it provides a good feel of the vibe and sound that helped define the time.
This collection is Hancock at his best, both as a player and as a composer. For those getting into Hancock for the first time (What took so long?), there are better places to start – namely his classic records Cantaloupe Island or Headhunters, but for those who have already gotten into Hancock then this collection is a must.