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Artist’s Choice: Gretchen Parlato on Herbie Hancock

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

Herbie Hancock, circa Rockit era
Herbie Hancock celebrates his 70th at Carnegie Hall; June 24, 2010
Gretchen Parlato

Choosing 10 Herbie Hancock songs that truly represent his full spectrum of genius is close to impossible. So I decided to focus on tracks that are funk- and groove-based, innovative when they were first heard, and clearly inspire the sound, texture and production of today’s music. These are all tracks that hit me in my soul. Here we go…

“Fat Mama”
Fat Albert Rotunda (Warner Bros., 1969)

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