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Hancock was one of the first jazz keyboardists to use synthesizers. He joined Miles Davis in 1963. His later albums Empyrean Isles (1964) and Maiden Voyage (1965) ranked among the most famous jazz LPs of the sixties. Empyrean Isles featured Hancock, Carter and Williams ( drummer) and Freddie Hubbard on cornet. Maiden Voyage added saxophonist George Coleman.
Other albums followed: My Point of View (1963), Speak Like a Child (1968) and The Prisoner (1969) which featured flugelhorn, alto flute and bass trombone. With Miles he recorded “Miles in the Sky (1968). In 1969, electronic instruments dominated the next album “In a Silent Way”, an innovative fusion album. Funk jazz emerged in his albums, Head Hunters 1973 and Thrust in 1974.
In 1963 Santamaría needed a pianist. Herbie Hancock got the temporary job. Santamaría heard Hancock playing his piece Watermelon Man. Hancock recalled "The dance floor was filled with people, laughing and shrieking, and was having a great time, and they were saying, ‘This is a hit! This is fantastic! So after that, Mongo said ‘Can I record this?’ I said ‘By all means.’ And he recorded it, and it became a big hit. That’s how it happened”
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