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Herbie Hancock


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 131 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars "This was a very creative time for Jazz music in America. Jazz, Rock, Funk, Soul and African rhythms were all starting to meld into one another. The existing rules didn't apply anymore, it was total spontaneity and improvisation.There was no real precedent set or parameters to conform to. We just went for it". These are the words of drummer Mike Clark, he goes on to say: "Each new Jazz record that came out pushed past the boundries of the preceding one.We couldn't wait to hear what Miles,Tony Williams or Chick Corea was going to do next. It was as if the dam had broken, and creativity was just spilling out". This album "Thrust" was the followup to the very successful "Headhunters" album. Mike Clark is in as the new drummer and that's the only lineup change. I really like the way this guy drums, in fact I like this album more than the preceeding one. Like "Headhunters" this is very funky with Herbie adding those synths (he plays four different ones along with clavinet) and electric piano melodies.

"Palm Grease" opens with drums as clavinet then bass join in. Percussion 1 1/2 minutes in followed by sax. Love the sound of that sax, it makes me smile. Electric piano at 3 1/2 minutes. This is so catchy.Themes are repeated. Fun and funky. I like the synths after 9 1/2 minutes. Great tune. "Actual Proof" is all so intricate and complex as different sounds come and go. The flute from Maupin is a nice touch here. Love the drum work. The tempo picks up after 2 minutes.This is even more impressive. Herbie's piano leads the way and the bass is prominant from Jackson. It settles 8 minutes in as it ends much like it began.

"Butterfly" is a relaxing song with synths and clarinet along with laid back drums and percussion. Sax eventually replaces the clarinet, which in turn is replaced by the electric piano.The clarinet is back 9 1/2 minutes in. "Spank-A-Lee" brings us back to the funk. So much going on here. The drums and bass mesh so beautifully together. Amazing. A collage of sounds as sax and piano come and go.The sax is ripping it up 4 1/2 minutes in as they all let loose. This is intense !

I think the cover art is significant. It's like Herbie is telling his fans that he's going to lead them to places in music where no one as been before. Far out Herbie !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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