Herbie Hancock: Rockit




Herbie Hancock (keyboards, synthesizers)


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Herbie Hancock (keyboards, synthesizers),

Grand Mixer DST (turntables), Bill Laswell (production), Michael Beinhorn (synth programming)


Recorded: 1983


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

It might be safe to say that pianist Herbie Hancock has the most open ears of any jazz musician. He has reinvented himself stylistically many times throughout his career. In 1983, with its skeleton-inspired video, "Rockit" took off from left field and ended up becoming one of the biggest songs of the 1980s. Featured beside Hancock's catchy synthesizer melody is the scratch work by Grand Mixer DST. This marked one of the first times a popular song had utilized DJ scratching, and the song still screams 1980s when you hear it today.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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