Herbie Hancock

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A collection of art director John Berg’s iconic album covers

Former Columbia Records art director John Berg passed away last week. When we read his obituaries and other blogs that talk…

October 19th, 2015 | | The Album
Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve 'Vein Melter'

Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve cover Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters, “Vein Melter”

Two New York musicians—producer Jesse Fischer and horn player and arranger Sly5thAve—have joined forces to cover Herbie Hancock’s seminal album…

April 27th, 2015 | | Tracks
Flute Funk

Flute Funk mixtape by DJ Mentos

In Flute Funk Volume 1, DJ Mentos treats us to an hour-long mix of classic and freshly excavated funk nuggets,…

April 16th, 2015 | | Mixtape

Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand,…

January 6th, 2015 | | Record Rundown
Joe Sample

Keyboardist and Crusader Joe Sample left a major legacy of soul-jazz, R&B, and hip-hop

Joe Sample passed away on September 12, 2014.

September 13th, 2014 | | Articles
Adrian Younge

10 records that influenced Adrian Younge while producing the new Souls of Mischief album

Adrian Younge recently got together with Bay Area golden boys Souls of Mischief to create a new album that harkens…

August 15th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records reissues Madlib’s Shades of Blue and others

One thing is for certain, Wax Poetics readers love Blue Note Records. That’s why we’re proud to partner again with…

June 10th, 2014 | | New Releases
Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records reissues Cannonball Adderly, Herbie Hancock, and others

  This contest is now over. One of the most successful contest giveaways in the history of Wax Poetics deserves…

May 30th, 2014 | | New Releases
Painting by Dion Bello

10 top records from world-famous Beat Junkie DJ Babu

  “Up until I was eight or nine, I was bouncing around a lot, all the time as a kid….

May 23rd, 2014 | | Record Rundown
"The Spook Who Sat by the Door" film still

Sam Greenlee’s debut novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, drew up the blueprint for Black nationalization

  Sam Greenlee, author of The Spook Who Sat by the Door, passed away at the age of eighty-three on…

May 20th, 2014 | | Articles

Blue Note Turns 75

Don Was, the president of Blue Note Records, made a big announcement at the end of February. In celebration of…

April 7th, 2014 | | New Releases

George Benson

Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles debuted in America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

February 13th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

Shock G of Digital Underground eschewed grand theft auto for a career in the music industry

“I got six months once for grand theft auto, and I’d been in jail for stealing cars enough.”

February 4th, 2014 | | Articles

Digital Underground frontman Shock G went from music-store clerk to rap superstar/alter ego Humpty Hump

Some people in this world are true originals. And though we may all possess the potential to carve out beautifully unique identities, there are a few who manage to channel their inner beings to distinctly magnified proportions.

January 28th, 2014 | | Articles

Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection: 1972–1988

The box demonstrates how Herbie’s music developed from a more abstract approach to electric jazz, to more of a defining jazz/funk approach, and on to the highly influential and career-changing hit “Rockit.”

December 6th, 2013 | | New Releases
Daft Punk at Artform Studio, L.A. Photo by Nabil Elderkin.

Daft Punk go from sampling disco records to creating a dance masterpiece

Read the entire interview from Issue 55

September 10th, 2013 | | Articles

Influential DJ and record producer Gilles Peterson adds festival organizer to his résumé

Gilles makes me a cup of tea. Tells me that Hiatus Kaiyote will be performing in his backyard tomorrow. I almost laugh…

July 25th, 2013 | | Articles
Billy Ocean by Don Hunstein/Sony Music Ent. Archives.

Before finding international success and stardom with a string of well-known radio hits, Billy Ocean grinded on the U.K. circuit for well over a decade

Billy Ocean paid dues by releasing a handful of singles and four relatively unknown albums, which included a mix of Caribbean-influenced R&B, club-shaking disco, and synth-filled boogie.

July 1st, 2013 | | Articles
Fender Rhodes

Rhodes Electric Piano

World War II may have given us the atom bomb, but it also contributed what Ray Charles would call “an…

May 20th, 2013 | | Articles
Gene McDaniels

Singer-songwriter Eugene McDaniels reinvented himself as a folk-soul outlaw

  Wax Poetics: You’ve said you dropped out of the music industry because of flesh peddlers? Eugene McDaniels: Well, anyone who’s…

April 29th, 2013 | | Articles
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Rafiq Bhatia

Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia reimagines jazz

The track “Once,” off guitarist Rafiq Bhatia’s upcoming album Yes It Will (October 23), opens with a solo by Billy Hart. Bhatia,…

October 16th, 2012 | | New Releases
Eric Leeds in the Madhouse promo photo (original photo B&W).

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse. Perhaps looking to exorcise jazz demons inherited from his father, Prince masterminded a lighthearted and funky sound that anticipated the “acid jazz” genre that would break years later.

February 13th, 2012 | | Articles
Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding and the future of fusion

With the release of Miles Davis’s revolutionary records In a Silent Way in 1969 and Bitches Brew the following year, the genius trumpeter, with the invaluable assistance of an amazing crew of young collaborators, created the musical future shock later called fusion.

May 31st, 2011 | | Articles