Hybrid Multi-Channel & Stereo SACD Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith!
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on
acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.
In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his
five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend
including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer, and later on he made appearances on
Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.
Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including
Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles, and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis'
fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973,
recorded Head Hunters. Head Hunters was a pivotal point in 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 four decades after its initial release, and its
genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith
Herbie Hancock, electric piano, clavinet, synthesizer
Bennie Maupin, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, saxello, bass clarinet, alto
Paul Jackson, electric bass, marimbula
Bill Summers, congas, shekere, balafon, agogo, cabasa, hindewhu, tambourine, log
drum, surdo, gankogui
Harvey Mason, drums
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