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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 25, 1997
Head Hunters, however, was something different: a stripped-down date featuring reedman Bennie Maupin as the only horn player, and a funk-oriented rhythm section made up of Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason, and Bill Summers. Hancock traded in his sophisticated piano performances and complex compositions for simple melodies, slow-burn funk grooves, and light electric keyboard splashes. The results, particularly on the tracks "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man," had a profound impact on other musicians, although critics charged Hancock with playing to the galleries. But the album has stood the test of time--something neither the wealth of Hancock's imitators nor his own subsequent albums in this vein have been able to do. --Fred Goodman
One of the best jazz recordings released and arguably his best solo album in an over 40-year recording career.
This is an album I've heard praised by fans of many different genre's of music and is one I know will be enjoyed by any who give it a listen.
Herbie's use of the synthesizer and electric piano was revolutionary in the progression of Jazz Funk during that time.
"Watermelon Man" and "Chameleon" alone make this LP worth its weight in gold. If you like groovy and well composed music, buy it. It's a revolutionary LP.Published 2 months ago by Lord Gord
Watermelon Man is worth the price alone. Probably one of the most genius songs ever made, regardless of genre. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Z. L. Kratzer
I'm new to Jazz and building a collection. Started out with Miles Davis etc. [to soothing]. Have Charles Mingus which I guess is over my head as I have trouble understanding his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Briarrabbit2
I'm starting to develop an appreciation for jazz. Glad I purchased this CDPublished 3 months ago by Funk Doc 9
This is one of Herbie Hancock's classic albums. Some of the songs tend to be a bit drawn out and lacking in variety, but overall it is still a good listen even after all these... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephen K. Mercer