Music master Herbie Hancock has a new album in the works that promises to be one of his most groundbreaking. In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune, the pianist revealed he’s recruited Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Snoop Dogg, and bassist Thundercat for the project.
“I’m learning a lot from the young people I’m working with,” the jazz legend said. “Because they built the new structures, social media and that whole arena, and that affects how you get things out in front of the public to let them know you’re working on something. So I’m still learning, which I’m very happy about. I never want to stop learning. And I’m not even thinking in terms of: ‘I’ll do this record, get it out there, promote it, do some concerts, and then at some point I’ll work on the next record.’ These days, you can put out two tracks, then something a little later that’s connected to the other two. So where you draw the line is up to the artist. It’s a new day.”
Pushing musical boundaries is nothing new for Hancock, without a doubt. However the palpable energy from the lineup of today’s artists will surely steer him in a direction that fans have not heard before. The album is still in the works and is yet to be named, but we’ll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.
Until then you can check out Thundercat and Hancock talking about their collaboration with Flying Lotus for “Tesla / Moment of Hesitation” from 2015’s You’re Dead!: