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Herbie Hancock - The Herbie Hancock Group: Head Hunters CD (album) cover


Herbie Hancock


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.95 | 258 ratings

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4 stars Released in 1973, this is perhaps more jam and loose oriented music than one would expect from jazz fusion. The addition of funk should be neither surprising nor distracting as Hancock's primary mission is to record a solid album with jazz-trained musicians who share the affinity to funk and fusion of styles. The low event intensity in the first iconic track may be disappointing for some listeners but you should focus on tight great playing. I'm a fan of Hancock's Fender playing and he pleases as with lengthy solos here. The rhythm section is not resting on their laurels either.

"Watermelon man" is quite down-beat but I believe quite influential for the future instrumental acid-jazz.

"Sly" offers us some 100% fusion pleasure with fusion-funk drumming, great saxophone and clavinet/Fender, the intensity and groove are irresistible. If this is not enough for you, listen to the incredible "Shiftless Shuffle" released in 1980 but sounding like from this period.

The last track "Vein melter" is more reflective and perhaps could have been shorter. Nevertheless, a must listen to the funk-fusion fans.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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