I first discovered the music of Herbie Hancock in the 1960's. That discovery came on the heals of the smash 1963 jazz hit "Watermelon Man" released by Mongo Santamaria. I was just a young teenager, but I'd been listening to jazz for several years already. When I learned the the most popular dance tune of the day had been written by a young African American composer, I was extremely excited.
I've followed the music of Herbie Hancock ever since. Just last week, on Blip.fm, I sent out one of my favorites, "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" and I continue to receive props for sharing that song from all over the world. "Maiden Voyage" and "Fat Albert Routunda" are two of my favorite Herbie Hancock recordings.
Other favorite compositions include (Chameleon, Future Shock, Canteloupe Island, & Theieves in the Temple) ... If you're looking to build your library I highly recommend The Complete Blue Note Sixties Session. So Happy Birthday Herbie Hancock, thanks for the many years of great music!