He was considered a child prodigy. He played with Miles Davis. Over his career, he's released dozens of albums. He made some of the most influential jazz albums of the '60s. Many say he changed jazz music forever.
Herbie Hancock, who performs at the Holland Center on Friday, most recently released 2010's "The Imagine Project." The album interprets a variety of songs including "Imagine," "The Times, They Are A' Changin'" and "A Change Is Gonna Come."
The 71-year-old pianist and composer isn't slowing down. He was one of the first jazz musicians to use synthesizers and he still does. According to a recent Washington Post review, Hancock is still playing on keytar and playing something closer to jazz fusion than quiet jazz piano solos.
"This was not an evening in which Hancock would emphasize the more subdued and lyrical side of his repertoire. Hammered chords and sweeping chromatic runs often led to dramatic crescendos, and the Grammy-winning keyboardist took obvious delight in harmonically tweaking arrangements with dissonant jabs," the review said.
Hancock has experimented throughout his career, and he says it's his curiousity that drives him.
"In each record I want to find a way to musically express this aspect of my curiosity, interact with various genres," he told jazzuality.com. "I've done that for many years, but lately, these years I'm thinking more globally."
Contact the writer: