Analogue Productions - CAPJ 084 SA - Hybrid SACD Stereo & 4.0 Multichannel
2.0 & 4.0 Quad Versions - Mastered By Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Includes the original Stereo & Quadraphonic (4.0 Surround) Mixes
A defining masterpiece of jazz funk, now on AP SACD
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.
In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer, and later on he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.
Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded Head Hunters. Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).
Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and hip-hop.
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.
Herbie was originally discovered by trumpeter Donald Byrd in 1960. After two years of session work with Byrd as well as Phil Woods and Oliver Nelson, he signed with Blue Note as a solo artist. His 1963 debut album, Takin’ Off was an immediate success, producing the hit “Watermelon Man.”
In 1963, Miles Davis invited Herbie to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer and later on made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.
Herbie's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles andSpeak Like a Child. He also composed the score to Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film Blow Up, which led to a successful career in feature film and television music.
After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded Head Hunters. With its crossover hit single "Chameleon," it became the first jazz album to go platinum and remains one of the best-selling jazz/fusion records of all time. His groundbreaking work during this period also inspired and provided samples for generations of hip-hop and dance music artists that followed. By mid-decade, Herbie was playing for stadium-sized crowds all over the world!
- Herbie Hancock (electric piano, clavinet, synthesizer)
- Bennie Maupin (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, saxello, bass clarinet, alto flute)
- Paul Jackson (electric bass, marimbula)
- Bill Summers (congas, shekere, balafon, agogo, cabasa, hindewhu, tambourine, log drum, surdo, gankogui)
- Harvey Mason (drums)
2. Watermelon Man
4. Vein Melter
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