Dis Is Da Drum

Dis Is Da Drum

by Herbie Hancock


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Dis Is Da Drum

In the 1970s, Herbie Hancock created a successful blend of jazz improvisation and contemporary funk rhythms in a succession of albums beginning with the classic Head Hunters. On Dis Is Da Drum, Hancock once again takes a dive into contemporary rhythms, in this case mid-'90s hip-hop. While the blend was not as commercially successful this time around as his crossover forays of twenty years earlier had been, the resulting music still proves to be well worth checking out. Employing cohorts like Bennie Maupin, Wah Wah Watson and multi-percussionist Bill Summers from the old days, and combining them with a huge roster of contemporary jazz, rap and hip-hop musicians, Hancock creates a surprising album full of samples, sequences, drum loops, and rhythm armies. Layered across the top are a variety of solos from Hancock himself, flutist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Wallace Roney, saxophonist Maupin and vocal snippets from various sources. The release of this album was delayed because of disagreements between the artist and his record company over the final mixes. It is, nonetheless, a recording that rewards repeated listening, from the updated version of "Butterfly," which made its first appearance on 1974's Thrust, to such irresistible gems as "Mojuba," "Bo Ba Be Da" and the title track. Not for jazzers whose ears and minds are closed to new sounds and ideas, but proof that jazz is a continually evolving music capable of absorbing the sounds of each new era and expanding its vocabulary as a result.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/1995
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731452268129
catalogNumber: 522681

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Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Bennie Maupin   Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Roney   Trumpet
Bill Summers   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Bells,Djun-Djun,Djembe,Shekere,Cabasa
Chill Factor   Rap
Mars Lasar   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Francis Awe   Vocals
Marina Bambino   Background Vocals
Guy Eckstine   Drums
Lazaro Galarraga   Vocals
Nengue Hernandez   Bata
Huey Jackson   Background Vocals
William Kennedy   Drums
Angel Rogers   Background Vocals
Darrell Smith   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ken Strong   Drums
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Will "Roc" Griffin   Sampling,Loops
Skip Bunny   Djembe
Hollis Payseur   Background Vocals
Yvette Summers   Background Vocals
Frank Thibeaux   Bass Guitar
Louis Verdeaux   Background Vocals
Darrell Robertson   Guitar
"Real" Richie Rich   scratching

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Bill Summers   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Mars Lasar   Composer,Sound Design
Darrell Smith   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Jay Shanklin   rhythm arrangement
Will "Roc" Griffin   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Darrell Robertson   Composer,rhythm arrangement

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