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Herbie Hancock new album Thundercat, Flying Lotus

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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has his ear out for what’s current. Example? He’s jumped into the booth with Thundercat and Flying Lotus for his upcoming album.

For the follow-up to 2010’s The Imagine Project, Hancock chose them because they come from a movement that he considers to be closely connected to jazz.

It’s very difficult to definite [sic] because what’s involved is very often hip-hop and rap and electronics and jazz elements, classical elements. It’s pretty broad-based, very open. It touches on the experimental while at the same time touches on the street,” Hancock tells Billboard. “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.”

They’ve all worked together before. Hancock appeared on the FlyLo-crafted “Moment of Hesitation,” while the venerable pianist was on Thundercat’s release “Lone Wolf and Cub” along with Flying Lotus. It’s unclear if these works will appear on the new album, but it is clear that they have a connection.

Be on the lookout for any Pharrell collab: The pair has also discussed joining forces.

Read more about Hancock at Billboard.

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