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Three decades ago, Herbie Hancock stretched the limits of blending jazz with rock, R&B/funk, and a bit of avant-garde on the groundbreaking million selling album Headhunters. Members of that group have reassembled for this stunning 16-track updated brew where they add heavy doses of straight-ahead be-bop ("Take No Prizzonerz," "Woody Shaw"), blues ("Everything," "Fonkyfried"), African music ("Yekola," "Evolution Revolution"), and even smooth jazz ("Headhunting," "Martell on the Rocks") to the '70s hybrid. The keyboard player who originally put percussionist Bill Summers, drummer Mike Clark, and bassist Paul Jackson together wasn't available so the trio did what any 21st century scientists of sound would do, they got Hancock clones--an electric version (Ronald Markham) and an acoustic version (Victor Atkins). The Hancock stamp is all over the fusion tunes, especially "Stick It," featuring an electrified trumpet part from Nicholas Payton that sounds like another Hancock alum, Eddie Henderson. Other guests with Hancock ties include guitarist Wah-Wah Watson, original Headhunters reed man Bennie Maupin, and drummer Harvey Mason. Mason went on to become an original member of the group Fourplay, and Summers, the only musician on every track on this album, went on to help form Los Hombres Calientes. --Mark Ruffin
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Basin Street Records
- Item model number : 2090302
- Original Release Date : 2005
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Basin Street Records
- ASIN : B00008L3NF
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #622,363 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The music on this Headhunters release is like a couple big handfulls of all kinds of stuff (styles) thrown out in the yard. You get chicken farm blues and everything. Not that it's bad if you're a collecter(except a few tunes' recording values, which we covered). There's a lot o really nice stuff here, too. It just seems like big money studios forsook (forsaked?) the Headhuners when it came to mastering this piece. BUTTTT !!!! most of it's NOT BAD ! It's just not the "Headhunters" of yore.
Ok...this CD has alot of nice music on it. Is that Benny? When did he start sounding so .... uh.... smooth...? OK. I can dig it. Nothing rips your face off like 20 years ago, not that that's not bad. Having felt all that, the music on this CD is actually really pretty interesting. The sound is bland, but the music transcendes the production values, for sure. Really... it's a prety good CD (except for a few cuts). I like it.
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C'est planant et furieusement groovy.
Sans concession : A écouter d'urgence.
A bon entendeur.