Return of the Headhunters!

Return of the Headhunters!

by The Headhunters
     
 

After a two-decade long hiatus, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters returned to action in 1998 with their funk groove pretty much intact, allowing for some technological and stylistic updating. The core of the band -- the too-long-neglected Bennie Maupin (saxes, bass clarinet), Paul Jackson…  See more details below

Overview

After a two-decade long hiatus, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters returned to action in 1998 with their funk groove pretty much intact, allowing for some technological and stylistic updating. The core of the band -- the too-long-neglected Bennie Maupin (saxes, bass clarinet), Paul Jackson (bass), Bill Summers (percussion), and the group's second drummer Mike Clark -- still has the complex funk telepathic interplay down pat, though occasionally the rhythms are simplified for contemporary audiences. Hancock himself only appears on four tracks, where he tries to comp and stomp out on latter-day digital instruments (alas, he doesn't quite generate the same super funky feeling that he once could on analog clavinets, Fender Rhodes pianos, and ARP synths). Billy Childs fills the keyboard chair in more genteel fashion on the other six tracks, with occasional help from Patrice Rushen, Mark Goodman, and Darrell Smith. The main hangup here is that the revived Headhunters didn't come up with much memorable material, the strongest tracks being the back-to-1974 retro workout "Funk Hunter," and the rhythmically tricky "Kwanzaa," and "Watch Your Back," which features the obligatory rap honoring elder statesmen of music (strange how reverential the nominally rebellious younger set often can be).

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0731453902824
catalogNumber:
539028

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Headhunters   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Patrice Rushen   Keyboards
Billy Childs   Piano,Keyboards
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards
Bennie Maupin   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Mike Clark   Drums
Bill Summers   Percussion
N'Dea Davenport   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Goodman   Keyboards
Paul Jackson   Bass
Darrell Smith   Keyboards
Bruce "Gypsy" Millstein   Percussion
JK   Guitar
Tré Hardson   Rap

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Executive Producer
Craig Nelson   Illustrations
Michael Schlesinger   Producer,Engineer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Patricia Lie   Art Direction
David Passick   Executive Producer
Headhunters   Producer
JK   Producer
Ajari Davu-Jianda   Engineer

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