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Album : Head Hunters – Herbie Hancock

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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.

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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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9 comments on “Album : Head Hunters – Herbie Hancock

  1. Jim S.
    September 25, 2016

    Good album. Early intro for me into the world of fusion. It was never mainstream but compared to today it almost feels like it. Thanks.

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  2. cincinnatibabyhead
    September 25, 2016

    Yeah, it opened up a whole bunch of new music. ‘Return To Forever’, ‘Mahavishnu Orchestra’, Mile’s ‘Bitches Brew’ etc.. but Herbie started it for me. Love that stuff. Thanks for the comment Jim. ( I think that was one of the first concerts I ever went to)

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    • Jim S.
      September 25, 2016

      Yeah, I followed pretty much the same trajectory. All great stuff. Don’t forget Weather Report. I did a couple posts on them. Nice to find a kindred soul out there on the blogosphere.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 26, 2016

        I was just keeping it short. Yeah ‘Sweetnightner’ was the next album that Georgie turned me on to. CB is going to do a piece on it. I’ll definitely be going through your stuff. Larry Coryell’s ’11th House’ wasn’t bad. Any others in that line?

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      • Jim S.
        September 26, 2016

        Cobham solo, Scofield, DiMeola. All good stuff. You’ll find a lot more rock than jazz on my site but you will find some of that good stuff. 😀

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  3. cincinnatibabyhead
    September 26, 2016

    Familiar with all those but reminders are always good. Like I said i will be checking things out. Speaking of that, ‘The Immortal Jukebox’ is worth the time. Thom does a great job.

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    • Jim S.
      September 26, 2016

      Yeah I do check his out from from time to time. If there’s a good one I definitely try to find it. Thanks.

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  4. yeahanotherblogger
    September 26, 2016

    Herbie is an amazing guy. Really talented. Really adaptable. I love some of the albums he made for Blue Note in the 1960s.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 27, 2016

      Yes. I went on to discover that earlier stuff after this album. Plus all the other great Jazz that was waiting for me. I’m still catching up. What a wealth of great listening and music. We are lucky! Good to hear from you.

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