4 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While keyboardist Herbie Hancock had gone electric with Miles Davis, and in his outward-looking solo projects before Head Hunters, nothing he’d done previously packed such a deep funk groove. It's particularly evident on the rump-bumpin’ “Chameleon,” and there's more than a subtle nod to Sly Stone on "Sly." The tribal-electric version of “Watermelon Man” reveals just how far the band was willing to go—and Hancock's use of cutting-edge synthesizer technology made it all the more funky.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

While keyboardist Herbie Hancock had gone electric with Miles Davis, and in his outward-looking solo projects before Head Hunters, nothing he’d done previously packed such a deep funk groove. It's particularly evident on the rump-bumpin’ “Chameleon,” and there's more than a subtle nod to Sly Stone on "Sly." The tribal-electric version of “Watermelon Man” reveals just how far the band was willing to go—and Hancock's use of cutting-edge synthesizer technology made it all the more funky.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
184 Ratings
184 Ratings
Necrolance

Herbie at his best

This album, I've been listening to since I was 3 years old. I'm twenty now and I still cant get enough of it. All four tracks are gold... no they are better than gold... there are like some unknown, valuable metal that we havent even discovered yet. This is as good as fusion jazz gets. Do yourself a favor, roll one up, cop this ablum, and chill. You will not forget it.

im4dabirds

Hey, give the drummer some!!!!!

I looked at the reviews and you cannot forget Mr. Harvey Mason! This cat is special and everyone knows it. This album helped push all drummers to a new way of thinking about groove! Thank you, Harvey.

rudradev

Flash! Twenty something year old understands!

Kudo's to Necrolance,
He Gets it!!
I had the opportunity of listening to Chameleon and Co.on the radio in 1973! (I was 9!) I had the equivalent of a "sonic orgasm". No Lie! I phoned up the local rock dj, Jim McGuiness (sic?) at KGB in San Diego and requested that he play " Watermelon Man". Well, I guess Mr. M, being the dj of SD's premier rock station had never heard of"Watermelon Man" so he played "Immigration Man" by Crosby and Nash (WTF?). I still remember my dissapointment. You, however, will NOT, be dissapointed when you download Herbie Hancock's (not some other idiot's) Head Hunters album. It'll change yur life. Listen ta Necrolance, if you don't believe me.

About Herbie Hancock

If Herbie Hancock had faded from view after his momentous mid-’60s stint with the Miles Davis Quintet and his pioneering Blue Note releases in the same period, his reputation as one of the most consequential pianists in jazz history would still have been assured. But Hancock repeatedly changed course, from the abstract electric jazz of his Mwandishi sextet to the tightly coiled jazz-funk fusion of Head Hunters to his prescient electronic experimentation with producer Bill Laswell in the ’80s. The Chicago-born Hancock achieved commercial success on his own terms, following a genuine creative path while ignoring barriers between jazz and pop (the title shared by his 2005 album and his 2014 memoir, Possibilities, said much about his worldview). He remains a “Chameleon,” true to his signature track from 1973, covering songs by his friend and collaborator Joni Mitchell and working alongside Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, and Flying Lotus in the studio.

HOMETOWN
Chicago, IL
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
April 12, 1940

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