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Title:
Head hunters
Author:
Hancock, Herbie, 1940-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Columbia/Legacy, [1997]

â„—1973
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Digitally mastered using Super Bit Mapping.

Compact disc.

Notes by Hancock dated Dec. 1996 and by Scott Thompson dated Dec. 1992 in booklet.
Language:
No linguistic content

English
Contents:
Chameleon Watermelon man Sly Vein melter
Local Note:
Disc may be from the two CD set "X2".
Added Corporate Author:
UPC:
074646512326
Format :
Music CD

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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine