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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Herbie Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Herbie Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time a record which was later broken. Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646512326
  • Catalog Number: 65123
  • Sales rank: 16,663

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chameleon (15:44)
  2. 2 Watermelon Man (6:32)
  3. 3 Sly (10:20)
  4. 4 Vein Melter (9:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Pipe, Vocals, Clavinet, ARP, fender rhodes, Soloist, Arp Odyssey
Bennie Maupin Flute, Percussion, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wind, Multiple Reeds, Saxello
Bill Summers Percussion, Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Multi Instruments, Balafon, Bottle, Surdo, Agogo, Shekere, Shakere, Gankogui, Log Drums, Cabasa, Hinedewho
Paul Jackson Jr. Electric Bass, Marimbula
Paul Jackson Bass, Electric Bass, Marimbas, Marimbula
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Oren Waters Vocals
The Headhunters Group
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Executive Producer, Reissue Producer
Herbie Hancock Producer, Liner Notes
Steven Berkowitz Director, Reissue Series
Fred Catero Engineer
Kevin Gore Director, Reissue Series
Harvey Mason Sr. Arranger
David Rubinson Producer
John Snyder Producer
Scott Thompson Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Jeremy Zatkin Engineer
Vic Anesini Engineer
Victor Moscoso Art Direction, Cover Design
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera Art Direction
Scott H. Thompson Liner Notes
Randall Martin Reissue Design
John Naatjes Tape Vault Research, Tape Research
Jennifer Ebert Packaging Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Woah!

    These guys really rock! This stuff is so funky, I don't think it gets much funkier than this.

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    Posted August 21, 2010

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