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Editors’ Notes

Jazz purists didn't always thrill to Herbie Hancock's musical innovations. But whether or not they dug it, there was no denying that, with Head Hunters, Hancock opened doors and minds, lending to the birth of jazz fusion and to electronic music. Using an Arp, Fender Rhodes, and other synths and keyboards, Hancock gave this 1973 album a feel that somehow remains timeless. And the rest of the ensemble locked right into this funk-jazz vision. Bennie Maupin's reeds lend just the right warmth to these sessions. Bassist Paul Jackson puts a bottom on "Chameleon" that rips floorboards clean from their roots. It's the perfect groove for Hancock's funky, screechy, and lucid solos. Hancock reworks his own standard, "Watermelon Man," in a completely new mode, creating a more tribal, urgent statement than anyone knew the song could elicit.

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

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.

Biography

Born: April 12, 1940 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Herbie Hancock will always be one of the most revered and controversial figures in jazz — just as his employer/mentor Miles Davis was when he was alive. Unlike Miles, who pressed ahead relentlessly and never looked back until near the very end, Hancock has cut a zigzagging forward path, shuttling between almost every development in electronic and acoustic jazz and R&B over the last third of the 20th century and into the 21st. Though grounded in Bill Evans and able to absorb blues, funk,...
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