Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (Columbia-Legacy)

One of the best-selling jazz records ever made, enjoying platinum status.
Many jazzoids consider this album as a boundary of jazz style. From pure jazz to fusion jazz.

At a time when most of the Jazz players put the pure jazz in the main spot (and put the rock and funk aside), H.Hancock hesitated to mix jazz and funk in this work. He realized that he didn’t think like the others and decided to yes, let’s do it. And he did with the percussion, jazz, funk, rock and other different textures. That was the result, an excellent album that can be considered the birth of the fusion.

In tracks 1 and 3, there some weird solos that can be annoying, therefore, I highly recommend to take it, they are brief and, when concluded, give space to a really fine jazz with lots of groove. It seems to me that they were wittingly recorded that way. Imagine yourself climbing a mountain. It’s a bit difficult to get to the top. Once there, you can rest and enjoy the nice view.
I have a 1997 reissue CD and, thanks God, a great recording and re-mastering.
I was listening to this CD many years ago, when I had only a consumer-grade equipment when I felt then that I should have a decent gear to listen to my records. I ended up becoming very addicted to stereo sound art (aka hi-fi).
So, this work, “Head Hunters”, a milestone in the jazz history, is also a milestone in my own music history, some years later.

Thank you all for the support.


2 Responses to “Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (Columbia-Legacy)”

  1. keithosaunders Says:

    What a band this was — I love drummer Mike Clark and the way the rhythm section hooks up. Would you really consider this the birth of fusion? Wouldn’t you have to give credit to Miles with In a Silent way and Bitches Brew?


    • Leonardo Pedrosa Says:

      Hi Keith, you are right. Maybe “birth” is not that correct. Probably “one of the contributors to the form” is more suitable. Thank you. Leo

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