Future Shock is pianist Herbie Hancock’s thirty-fifth album and a million-selling Platinum-certified disc. It was Hancock’s first release from his electro-funk era and an early example of instrumental hip hop. Participating musicians include bass guitarist Bill Laswell (who co-produced), guitarist Pete Cosey and drummer Sly Dunbar. Released August 1983.
“Future Shock” 8:05
“Earth Beat” 5:13
“Rockit (Mega Mix)” 6:18
Herbie Hancock – piano, synthesizer, Fairlight CMI, keyboards
Bill Laswell – electric bass
D.ST. – turntables, “FX”
Pete Cosey – electric guitar
Michael Beinhorn – keyboards
Daniel Poncé – percussion
Sly Dunbar – drums, percussion
Dwight Jackson Jr. – lead vocals on “Future Shock”
Lamar Wright – lead vocals on “Rough”
Bernard Fowler, D.S.T., Roger Trilling, Nicky Skopelitis – backing vocals
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Hancock started his career with Donald Byrd. He shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet, where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. In the 1970s, Hancock experimented with jazz fusion, funk, and electro styles.
Hancock’s best-known compositions include the jazz standards “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man”, “Maiden Voyage”, and “Chameleon”, as well as the hit singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.
On the playlist will be: The Isley Brothers, Van McCoy, Little Willie John, Bobby Humphrey, Herbie Hancock, the Chi-Lites, the Artistics, new things from John Legend, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, Jimmy Castor (in his own words) and Michael McDonald (live in concert) plus more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT.