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Chameleon was CB’s intro to Herbie Hancock. All new music and sounds. Babyhead’s friend Georgie Porgie turned him onto all sorts of music. This was some of it. The beat is infectious and doesn’t let go. Yeah, this was definitely a new sound and style and Babyhead dug it. Georgie had a great sound system so this sounded fantastic. Bass and drums keep it going with keyboards, sax and percussion filling it all in. ‘Watermelon Man’ sinks the groove deeper. Never heard anything like this. Sounded like a guy playing the beer bottle. Voice, bass, drums, keyboards and some real cool sax all join in. CB just loved it. These guys were coming up with some real cool stuff.
Side two opens up with ‘Sly’. Only sixteen minutes long (Babyhead had some major time on his hands for his listening pleasure). Very busy piece of music, lots going on. All good. I think this is where CB really started to dig this kind of key board playing. Herbie goes to town. ‘Vein Melter’ closes out the record. The beat is solid with the reeds sounding very cool.
CB couldn’t dislike this music if he tried. Feels good when he hears it. These guys were playing some real cool music. Harvey Mason and Paul Jackson lay it down and keep it going for the whole record. Bill Summers adds his touch. Bennie Maupin is just very, very cool on the reeds. Herbie Hancock kills it with his playing.
Jazz was a big bite but this album pointed CB into that world. What a world of music lay ahead. A must record in Cincinnati’s collection. It will make you feel cool man.
Thanks Georgie Porgie for turning me onto some great music. You had a 1000% batting average. Him and I went to see these guys live at the time. Man what a cool night that was.
I can’t get that opening riff of ‘Chameleon’ out of my head. Not a bad thing.
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