April 16, 2006
HERBIE HANCOCK: POSSIBILITIES / / Magnolia Home Entertainment / / $26.98 Throughout his career, spanning more than 40 years, Herbie Hancock has always resisted being pegged as one type of artist. At his core, he's a jazz man, composer of such standards as 1962's "Watermelon Man" and 1965's "Maiden Voyage." But like his former boss, Miles Davis, the Chi-Town native is a restless musical spirit whose scope includes bold, shifting elements of various genres. Classical, pop, bop, hip-hop, funk, R&B, the blues, folk, samba -- all have been explored and dismantled at different times in Hancock's music.
September 1, 2005
Herbie Hancock, forever the chameleonic musician, is still restless. And that's a good thing. As he talks about the art of making music and his just-released album, Possibilities, he's as analytical as a professor -- breaking down some of his ideas literally note for note. A palpable enthusiasm bubbles through all the talk of chord changes and melody and rhythm embellishments. Calling from his Los Angeles office, Hancock puts me on hold from time to time to give instructions to his assistant.
June 22, 2005
Talk about classic movie images and a few quickly come to mind: sparks flying from the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz, E.T. pointing at Elliott's heart, the snow globe shattering at the beginning of Citizen Kane. Then, of course, there's the VW Beetle winning an auto race in 1969's The Love Bug. Anyone who isn't charmed by the idea of a Beetle crossing the finish line first is either chronically churlish or isn't trying. Movie audiences, especially kids, have always been with the program, making a hit of The Love Bug as well as its four theatrical sequels (the last of which was 1980's Herbie Goes Bananas)
June 22, 2005
There are still good reasons to thank a higher authority for Friday - it's the end of the workweek, the start of the weekend and, often, payday - but one of them is slipping away. Friday is losing ground as the day when new movies arrive at the multiplex. Opening day for some major films moved to Thursday years ago and now has landed on Wednesday. Batman Begins opened last Wednesday. War of the Worlds opens next Wednesday. And Herbie: Fully Loaded makes its debut today. "I think Wednesday, in some cases, is the new Friday," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, which tracks box office revenue.
May 26, 2005
NOW OR NEVER The original Herbie from the 1966 movie, an early directing effort by George Lucas, is making a tour across America along with up to 50 vintage cars in the Herbie & Friends Cruise Across America. The tour started in Santa Monica, Calif., on May 15 and will end in San Diego on June 11. In the meantime, Herbie & Friends will make an appearance at the Inner Harbor on Saturday morning. There will be miniature Herbies, races and games. Visitors can race remote-control cars and play the new Herbie: Fully Loaded game for Game Boy before it is released.
November 21, 2004
On November 17, 2004, STEPHEN "HERBIE" BERTSCH, age 55, of Towson, MD., beloved husband of Cynthia Bertsch (nee Blevins), son of Herbert C. and the late Jean Bertsch, step-son of Helen Bertsch, brother of Jeanne Gay, Jay A. Bertsch, Sharon Aponte and Bridget Reynard. Also survived by five nephews, one niece and one great-nephew Memorial Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glyndon, MD., Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 7 P., M. in the small chapel. In lieu of flowers please send donations to VA Hospice, 3900 Loch Raven Blvd.