Evolution Revolution

Evolution Revolution

by The Headhunters
     
 
Only two members, percussionist Bill Summers and bassist Paul Jackson, remain from the band that backed Herbie Hancock on his 1973 Head Hunters album, which simultaneously breathed life into the flabby and already moribund jazz fusion genre and demonstrated that jazz recordings could actually make

Overview

Only two members, percussionist Bill Summers and bassist Paul Jackson, remain from the band that backed Herbie Hancock on his 1973 Head Hunters album, which simultaneously breathed life into the flabby and already moribund jazz fusion genre and demonstrated that jazz recordings could actually make money. But the band's attitude of joyful eclecticism and funky exuberance that animated the first project is still there (even if Hancock isn't), and it is abundantly apparent on Evolution Revolution. That's not to say that every track is essential; on the contrary, Jackson's vocals on "God Made Me Funky" are rather lame, "Everything" is nothing special, and the one-chord blues of "Fonkyfried" manages somehow to be simultaneously abrasive and boring. But almost every other track is a rich, fragrant stew of percolating beats and variegated musical elements, from the harmonic complexity of the horn charts on "Loft Funk" to the gorgeous African polyphony on the chorus of "Yekola" and the bouncing, layered rhythms of "Nutcracker." As with so many releases on the Basin Street label, there is an overall feeling of warmth and joy to this album that keeps you hooked even through its less than essential moments. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
Basin Street Records
UPC:
0652905060124
catalogNumber:
601
Rank:
130434

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Headhunters   Primary Artist
Bennie Maupin   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Clark   Drums
Bill Summers   Percussion,Background Vocals,Hinedewho
Victor Atkins   Piano
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Organ,Bass,Vocals,Clavinet
Harvey Mason   Drums
Nicholas Payton   Piano
George Porter   Vocals
Shinji Shiotsugu   Guitar
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Edwin Livingston   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Harvey Mason   Keyboards
Samba Ngo   Guitar
Irvin Mayfield   Trumpet
Bill Solley   Guitar
Ronald Markham   Piano,Keyboards
Aaron Fletcher   Alto Saxophone
June Yamagishi   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mike Clark   Producer
Bill Summers   Producer,Engineer
Paul Jackson   Producer
Harvey Mason   Producer,Engineer
Harvey Mason   Producer,Engineer
Mac Bowne   Engineer
Brian Maratea   Engineer
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer

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