Herbie Hancock Is Working On New Music With Flying Lotus, Thundercat & Pharrell
Herbie Hancock has dropped major hints on the nature of his new recording projects, the most explosive of which being that the piano legend is recording new music with Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Pharrell Williams.
Speaking to Billboard about FlyLo and Thundercat specifically, Hancock made it clear that he's aware of the bristling Los Angeles beat movement. "There's a scene that's happening, kind of an underground movement that's given partially to a connection to jazz or a new form of jazz."
The would-be power trio of Hancock, Thundercat and Flying Lotus already crossed swords on multiple You're Dead! tracks, including the roving jazz interlude "Moment of Hesitation," one of the album's clear standout tunes. Since then we've also seen video evidence of both young musicians introducing Herbie to the work of J Dilla. "It's very difficult to definite because what's involved is very often hip-hop and rap and electronics and jazz elements, classical elements," Hancock told Billboard. "[I]t's pretty broad-based, very open. It touches on the experimental while at the same time touches on the street. So I'm very intrigued. I feel I have something that I might be able to kind of bring along and add a little bit to the sauce with a lot of these young voices, so let's see what we come up with."
The magazine also reports that Pharrell and Herbie Hancock are "doing something together," and that upcoming collaborations with Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter are on the docket as well.