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Head Hunters

Herbie Hancock

1973

Head Hunters

Album Summary

Head Hunters is the twelfth studio album by American pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, released October 26, 1973, on Columbia Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in the evening at Wally Heider Studios and Different Fur Trading Co. in San Francisco, California. The album was a commercial and artistic breakthrough for Hancock, crossing over to funk and rock audiences and bringing jazz-funk fusion to mainstream attention, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard 200. Hancock is featured with his ‘Mwandishi’ saxophonist Bennie Maupin and new collaborators- bassist Paul Jackson, percussionist Bill Summers and drummer Harvey Mason. All of the musicians (with the exception of Mason) play multiple instruments.

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Rating

3.6

Votes

5060

Genres

  • Jazz
  • Funk
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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

On repeat during high school and college years. Perhaps the most accessible jazz album of all time for those more inclined towards rock music. So solid and catchy. Dictionary definition of a groove from start to finish. Might be the funkiest thing I've ever heard.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Groove-adelic. Loved the creativity and fun-kiness.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

Absolutely classic and important album, to me at least. The grooves on this album are superb and arrangement is everything. Everyone was on

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

The funkiest jazz, most 70s sounding jazz fusion album ever

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

An insane, electrifying album from front to back. Incredible performances, engaging music. Can't speak any more highly of this one. Favorite tracks: "Chameleon", "Watermelon Man"

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

I'm glad this album made one misstep so I don't have to give it a 5-star rating. If you reverse the order of "Sly" and "Vein Melter". As it is, it is only a 4.95-star album. Note: I rounded up.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

5/5 Disagree and i'll fight you.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

it's nice when my notes for a 1001 album can be easy like "it's head hunters" It's head hunters.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
1

Herbie Hancock, Matt's more accessible, more likeable, older brother. He paints a glowing rainbow of joy upon the faces of everyone who meets him. Everyone apart from me. Colour my life with the chaos of trouble, I just can't stand the man! His music SUCKS! He's a greasy weasel, a gym instructor, a nuclear rocket, a baseball bat, a fat controller, a modest mouse, a toilet brush, the misadventures of Romesh Ranganation, a stain upon a front tooth, a garden gnome, a rainy afternoon, a cunt.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

I liked it, cool music. Something completely new for me, but extremely enjoyable. Will listen to again.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Fantastic album. Herbie Hancock is a fusion pioneer and this album is an excellent yet accessible foray into jazz funk fusion. The songs are very well constructed and build gradually and naturally. The musicianship is top notch of course and driven by Hancock’s playing of the Fender Rhodes electric piano. The improv breaks are impressive as well. This album is an absolute genre bending classic.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

I hate that jazz stuff.....jeeesus a 13 minute track.......oh that is good, that was never 13 minutes, what's next oh more YES but it's not really jazz.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Starts exciting, but becomes a bit repetitive and uninspired. very nice bits but overall a bit too long. Sometimes you wonder if you did not put the same song on repeat.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
2

I feel like one of these songs was definitely background music for one of those transitional Sesame Street sketches showing People in Their Everyday Lives.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
1

Not really my thing. I don’t enjoy 10 minute long jazzy instrumentals. Didn’t mind the first couple minutes, but 40+ minutes, nope.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Actually really liked this. funny only hearing an album with 4 songs. not seen very often anymore

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Funky and fun

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

great

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Okay, hell yes. Chameleon alone makes this fantastic.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Incredible Psychadlic Groovy as fuck jazz album masterpiece 9.5/10

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Epicly funky from the first second. This is a goddam masterpiece. Love the jazz fusion, love the balance of experimentation and improvisation against catchiness and hooks.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

One of my favorite records, and still probably only the third best Herbie Hancock album imo. I have a poster of this art hanging over my keyboard rig. This actually made me thinking about getting a tattoo of that weird yellow mask thing over Herbie's face

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

9/17 Jazz Funk masterpiece.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

One of my favorite jazz albums. I still remember hearing watermelon man for the first time in my history of jazz class. Great stuff.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Amazing groove. Instrumental jazz is not usually my thing but I may have to buy this on vinyl. Really cool. Even the synth is cool.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

I listen to this album all the time, not even going to lie—might even be my fave Hancock release. Not just a classic, but let’s face it, a stoner classic—gets one’s head right, as it were. I prefer it to a lot of his more experimental 80s fare, pioneering though that may have been.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

I feel stupid that I know almost all of this music but didn’t know it was ALL Herbie Hancock. What a legend.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Great Album. Something new for the '70s. Hancock still a leader for new music.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

muy bueno, me sirvió de soundtrack para limpiar la cocina y también para leer

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

Have listened to this album countless times - own it on vinyl. Jazz classic. Maybe the most Herbie Hancock of Herbie Hancock albums? Chameleon and Watermelon Man obviously carry the album, but side 2 is still groovy.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

great oldie music almost brackground music

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Awesome, this music is exactly what I like. Favorite track is Chameleon.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Classic banger

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

absolute mastapiece

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Good vibes. 9/10

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Jazzy and awesome

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

One of the key jazz fusion albums of the early '70s. Love the funky and groovy sound, though I slightly prefer Hancock's older work with albums like Empyrean Isles and Maiden Voyage.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

One of these albums that everyone knows and that is so clearly 5 star that there is not much to say.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

I actually own this on CD and listened the shit out of it back in the day Classic

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Jazzy and funky. Got really into some of his other stuff after listening to this.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Jazz fusion at its finest, perhaps one of the greatest jazz albums period. Chameleon and the rerecording of Watermelon Man are particular highlights

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Gott grúv. Hressandi stöff

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Watermelon man is a classic. Funk-Jazz fusion at its finest.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

A classic of the genre. This is such a fun and groundbreaking record and I love it

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Really enjoyable. Embarrassingly I only knew Rockit. This is really good

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

So fresh. So funky. This album hugger really hits the spot for me

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

huh never ever would have listened to this of my own volition, so this is v interesante, no lyrics, just like...JAZZ and SYNTH its wonderful

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Till this day I only knew one song by Hancock and I regret not having listened to this album before.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Absolute gem.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

An unconventional and accessible display of performing jazz masterfully despite nothing like this ever being done before. "Chameleon" is characterized by a recognizable funky bass line, electrifying piano and synths that come in and out at the forefront, and a groovy Miami-vibe half way in before slowly returning to the formula. "Watermelon Man" is an even stranger track, taking inspiration from African music with the beer blowing, and a much sexier, harder funk sound reminiscent of James Brown. There's so much going on that there's always something to idolize upon each listen. Has my favorite sax... there's even a segment around the 4-5 minute mark where I hear two saxes. "Sly" is the most colorful track for sure, undergoing a new transformation every couple minutes or so. It's crazy this is an album where people are calling THIS the weak track. Least iconic, yes, but impressively composed with attention made to each second. Starts and ends with a sexy spy theme, interluded with how fast can you keep up. "Vein Melter" is a slow, mellow, yet atmospheric closer to leave the audience satisfied after the insane displays shown previously. Feels a little classical here and there.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Нетленка Хэрби Хэнкока

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Perfect album

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

Stone cold classic. Loved this album since my teens.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Its one of the coolest albums ever and needed to be twice as long

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Jazz Funk Perfection

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

God I love music

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Actually amazing. Really cool funk/jazz combo. No words, just grooves.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

today i learn the toejam & earl soundtrack was inspired by this and i fucking love it. groove after groove. jam after jam. funky fresh.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

I had no clue what I was walking into but was very happy with this music! Enjoyed it a lot!

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

Irresistible jazz with an electronic edge. Groundbreaking and essential.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

C'est pour des albums comme ça que je suis ce site Prefs: Chameleon, Watermelon Man, Sly Moins pref: Vein Melter

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Enjoyed

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

It feels almost inappropriate to review a Herbie Hancock LP. Perhaps he’s beyond the scope of critique and has ventured into that stratosphere of artists that simply need to be enjoyed, adored even. I was recently driving on my way to a business meeting, listening to KUVO (89.3 MHZ), Denver’s public radio jazz station, and heard a live cut that I immediately recognized as trumpeter, Miles Davis. It was from his 1964 concert at NYC’s Philharmonic Hall, a fundraiser (the musicians voluntarily played for free) for the Voter Education Project to register black voters in Louisiana and Mississippi. Of course, Miles Davis was his usual bad ass self, as were the rest of the players. When it came time for the pianist to solo, I almost had to pull my car over and stop. It truly took my breath away, one of the fastest piano improvisations I’ve ever heard. It was Herbie Hancock. So, I had high expectations for 'Head Hunters.' There are only four songs on this LP, predominately of the jazz/rock fusion genre, which is not something I typically enjoy. I lean more towards the ‘free’ jazz of folks like saxophonists John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, or pianists Bill Evans and Sun Ra, cats like that. So, when ‘Chameleon’ began, this LP’s opener, with that oh so 70’s clavinet sound, some spacey synth work and such (by the way, at about the seven minute mark during one such synth solo, Hancock shifts up into a whole other key just for a moment while the band remains where they are, creating an incredible auditory experience), I was diggin’ it enough, appreciating the smooth textures; but, I wasn’t exactly floored. Hancock continued with some great Fender Rhodes electronic piano soloing for a while accompanied by a quick and funky drum and bass groove, and then layered on a lovely string synth arrangement. It gave me the impression of flying amidst the clouds. It was terrific, don’t get me wrong. But again, the jazz/rock fusion is not my thing. I recognized the second track, ‘Watermelon Man,’ and I bet a lot of folks who never listen to jazz will too. I’m guessing its been used in movie soundtracks or commercial ads, etc. Regardless, it was more of the same, with the addition of a cool little flute intro by Bennie Maupin, and then concluding the last minute or so with a nice bit of cross syncopation between flute and bass, the drums all the while keeping a steady beat. OK, that was cool, too. Maupin’s sax playing, though, was sounding a little pedestrian. And as I’ve no doubt been spoiled by the extraordinary talent of John Coltrane, I was prepared to give the LP three, maybe four stars and call it a day. Until the third track, ‘Sly.’ Beginning with a soft, mellow vibe (nice congas in the background), out of the blue about two minutes in, Hancock just stopped the whole thing down, then did this wild soaring thing on the synth, at which time the tempo took flight as well. For the next 7-8 minutes, the band was ‘going off the rails on a crazy train,’ in the words of vocalist Ozzie Osborn, but the train was free jazz rather than metal. And what a ride it was! It was almost as if the band said, ‘Allright, you’ve heard us just relaxing into the music, offering you our smooth jazz. But lest you think we’ve forgotten how to play hard core, buckle up brothers and sisters.’ Bennie Maupin lifted his sax to new heights, ala Coltrane. Then at the approximately five and a half minute mark, Hancock proceeded to set fire to the keys on his electric piano, like that live recording with Miles Davis I heard while driving. Now this was the shit! Man, by the time drummer Harvey Mason slowed back down to the original tempo to conclude the tune, I had to get out of my chair to go fetch my head which had tumbled off my neck at some point and rolled down the hall. I needed the final track at this point-‘Vein Melter’- the perfect way to end the LP, which began with a simple kick drum beat, and slowly adding a wa-wa bass, melancholy sax, and a vibrating electric piano, along with a lot of quirky synth sound effects throughout. Oh, and about two minutes in, some ethereal synth strings topping the whole thing like whipped cream on a sundae. This one begs for headphones and good bong hit, if you’re hip. In retrospect, I now understand and enjoy the first two jazz/rock fusion numbers, and their appropriate placement to the hard Be Boppin’ of ‘Sly,’ only to then finish with a great mellow closer. Like a musical stew, beginning with the prep work of chopping the vegetables and meat (‘Chameleon’), and then moving on to the saute stage (‘Watermelon Man’) caramelizing the ingredients, before the hard fucking boil of ‘Sly,’ and then letting the whole thing simmer for a while with ‘Vein Melter.’ The musical aroma filled the joint, and I wanted seconds, thirds. After it cooled, I sealed it all up in a Tupperware container and put it in the fridge for another helping tomorrow. This, my friends, is some good eatin’ for your ears. And I guarantee Head Hunters will fill ‘em right up. But whatever you do, don’t snack on any junk (Kenny G?) before this entree. Enter into this listen good and hungry. ‘Cause food/music always tastes best when you’re good and hungry.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

Admittedly, I don't listen to a ton of jazz. But this is one of my favorite jazz albums, one of just a few I actually own. Trippy, funky, sick grooves, front to back. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Watermelon Man, Chameleon, Vein Melter, Sly

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

An album I already own, and for good reason - rock hard fusion played by some of the best in the biz. Not sure anyone who isn't already on the jazz train will be converted, although this bad boy does a decent job of reaching across the aisle to the funksters

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Some smooth funky jazz

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Full of epic and silly music. It's fun, it's funky, and I LIKE IT.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

This album was on constant rotation for me back in high school. It is great to dust you off and hear from you again, old friend; you are just as fantastic now as you were back then.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

5/5. Undeniable all-time classic :)

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Pretty much flawless jazz funk. First half is definitely superior, but this entire thing is a staggering work in terms of quality

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Mon May 30 2022
5

super LP

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

heyyyyyyyyy, watermelon man!!!!!’ this album is great.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

It’s a five after that first bass line. This album really taught me that dissonance in jazz isn’t just meant to be pretentious and gatekeepy. The funk can’t be contained

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Muchos estilos en 40 minutos...Funky (Los mejores bajos que se pueden escuchar estan acá) - Jungle Jazz - Disco ( una idea de disco eléctronico, antes de que todo explotara) Mejor canción: Watermelon Man

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

tri massa, típico sonzao instrumental pro cara estudar enquanto curte

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

yes. love jazz-funk. the intro sound in watermelon man O.o so fun. so good.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

This album is absolutely iconic from the very first bass note. I would consider this the best marriage of jazz and funk ever put together. Headhunters would serve as a template for a lot of great improvised music to come after it, especially for jazz artists like Medeski, Martin, and Wood. It's so smooth and yet infinitely groovy and danceable. A song like Watermelon Man shouldn't work as well as it does, but that's the level of skill that Hancock brings to this album, and he makes it look easy. There's lots of points in Herbie Hancock's career that you could point to as the pinnacle. The man played on some of Miles Davis's best albums for christ's sake, but for me this is the absolute best. It's a towering dance album that exists somewhere in the tension between the analogue and digital realms. It's not one to be missed 5/5

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

You can always trust Herbie Hancock for finding a new groove, and dig gold out of it. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 873 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 69 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 31 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 28

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

I LOVE “Chameleon.” I used to listen to this one all the time on road trips. It doubles — for me — as toe-tapping easy-listening for reading as well as perfect music for dancing. “Watermelon Man” is funky and features West African percussion instruments — I wonder if this was one of the first times these instruments reached the American mainstream. “Sly” — undoubtedly a tribute to Sly Stone and “Vein Melter” are also great tunes with lives of their own.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Awesome fucking album

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Chameleon, watermelon man, awesome. Great album

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Jazz fusion that rips all the way through. The cymbals on Sly got me bricked. The drum work on this album is so good. The Sax and keys were slapping.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Funky smooth and cool

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Funky

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I love Herbie Hancock. Amazing groove, amazing artwork. 5 stars!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Funky

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Absolutely xlassix

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Jazzy, funky sweet goodness. Absolutely phenomenal. Chameleon and Watermelon Men just smoke.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

iconic jazz

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Every time I play this it's even better than I remember

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Best song: Chameleon Classic jazz with some awesome, funky instrumentals.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Like Bitches Brew, this is an album that changed jazz forever.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

One of a couple perfect jazz/funk records. Could loop it endlessly without issue.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

What a brilliant album. Jazzy, funky. Loved it. It's only 4 songs, so I'm saving the whole thing, but my favourite was Watermelon Man and Chameleon

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Definitely varied and interesting. I dig the dub influence across it.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Fantastic

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Fantastic as always.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

five stars

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

THIS is what seventies music should sound like. Focused and flowing. Amazing tunes, amazing band, and funky as all get-out. A perfect length for an album too. Prefer side one, but I like the fact the two ‘sides’ feel different.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

An epic fuse of jazz and soul and funk. This is an outstanding example of the musical period that served my needs during the disco age - JAZZ FUSION. In addition, such a recording served as an impetus for "going back" in Hancock's catalogue to gain a much greater appreciation of straight-ahead jazz. "Chameleon" is the classic tune from this great period piece!

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Herbie made a masterpiece that everyone can enjoy!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

Groovy jazz with a funky tribal underbeat throughout, one of my favs before this project and still a fav

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Chameleon, Watermelon Man - 5/5

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Never heard this before and it’s a fantastic mix of background Muzak, jazz, pop and electric. Will definitely go into rotation. Great for having on in the background whilst you work or socialise. Solid 8.5/10

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Melancias homens

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Aivan megatiukka! Erittäin pitkäaikainen suosikki. On jazzahtavaa ja on funkahtavaa mutta yksi on varma: pääkallonmetsästäjät on pahuksen kova levy! : D Tätä ei vieläkään oo meikän vinyylihyllyssä, mutta kuuntelussa tää on jatkuvasti. Täydet bongot! 5/5

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Dette albumet er hva jeg tenker på når jeg tenker på Herbie Hancock. Såå slick, sååå funky.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Funky and great beats

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

First jazz album to sell over a million copies.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Starting off, that is some funky as hell synth bass line (apparently from an ARP Odyssey. Love it. Once the horns came in I realized I've definitely heard this before, or at least a version of it, really good but for me might have went on a touch too long. Watermelon Man is a certified bop, definitely heard this one as well. Sly definitely increases the intensity. By Vein Melter I was starting to lose interest a bit though, but still overall pretty darn good.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

More please

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Cool album. Pretty good as background but not generic like a lot of "background music" albums on this list.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

This sort of sounds like it could’ve come out at any point in the last 50 years. Very cool shit.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I’m not a fan of Jazz but there’s enough to cling on to on the first side to make this enjoyable.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

I liked it

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Funky

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Pretty cool listen

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

oooh lekkere piano geluiden, deze hou ik bij voor tijdens het werken

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

So much envelope filter on the first song, love it! Enjoyed the rest of it too, though I got a little too jazz for me in places. I'm definitely more interested in funk than jazz. Also, it's instrumental so it's easy for it to kind of become background music. Pretty enjoyable overall though.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

eh it's aight

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

4-song Funk album. Open Chameleon is a 15 minute jam, great tune really enjoyed this one. Watermelon Man I didn't like as much, it was still good but wasn't getting into the pipes. Luckily this was the shortest in the album. Sly gets a little more jazzy/slow to start and then gets more and more frantic throughout. The last track Vein Melter is a bit more trippy, it's quieter and slower and more focused on some psychadelic sounds with the keys. Good album, opening track is definitely the strongest, and the last track is enjoyable. Both middle tracks were a bit weaker but overall a good listen.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

It's so funky

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

emilie efterskole start running marathon opener

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

No Lyrics, pure music. Funky 😌

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

I like the funky rhythms and the drums are really effective. I like that with that comes the futuristic undertones which come from the keyboard which really pack a punch alongside the drum and clavinet and other instruments such as say the saxophone or a woodwind instrument. the jazz-funk of this album is quite a pleasure to the ears. my favourite probably being the longest, chameleon man. while it doesn't make the 5/5 for me its a close 4.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Really cool and unique jazz, ranging from free to smooth-esque. Enjoyed it a lot.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Good stuff, especially the first 2. There's just a bit too much going on in the other 2. I'd never listened to HH before. Glad that mistake has been corrected

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Everyone, ever has sampled this.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

This was some Grade A funk & jazz, man

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

Headhunters by Herbie Hancock (1973) Here we have accessible jazz in a funk/pop spread. The groove and two-chord alternation in the opening track “Chameleon” are both recognizable and memorable. I suspect, however, that jazz purists would be disappointed by the album’s overall simplicity, repetitiveness, and electronic gimmickry. Herbie Hancock creates a pleasing enough sound, with colorful whiz bang electronic keyboard and off-base percussion, but the improvisations and solos are tonally elementary, except Bennie Maupin’s soprano sax and Hancock’s keyboard solos on “Sly”—excellent. There are several moments of comic character; one hopes that this was intentional. The bass lines are monotonous, especially when played on keyboards. But Paul Jackson’s bass guitar performance is very good. The key feature on this album is its accessibility. It cooks. Everybody can dig it, tapping feet and fingers (thanks to Harvey Mason’s excellent and precise drumming). The best track is the relaxed and reverie-inducing closing track “Vein Melter”. But the dated sound (Fender Rhodes and ARP synthesized strings) robs it of any potentially enduring quality. Hopefully a serious listen to this album will prompt one to explore Hancock’s more compositionally developed work. 3/5

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Groovy!

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Stark fyra, chameleon e en femma, eventuellt också vattenmelonsmannen. Bör lyssnas i vilket fall som helst.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

-"Chameleon" got some cool grooves and at least 1 cool drum fill -"Watermelon Man" is definitely the weirdest one from the bunch, with that vocal recording thing as part of the main loop in the song -Lots of cool jams and grooves throughout -Pretty sure I heard the lick in there a few times

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Really creative and other-worldly. I like it a lot as someone who doesn't often get into jazz.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Headhunters can best be understood as a reaction to being ignored. In a 1974 interview, Herbie Hancock said, "One thing became apparent to me last year. I’d go to friends’ homes and see my albums on the shelves with lots of other people’s records, and they’d play all the others except mine. My intention at the time was to play music to be listened to with undivided attention; but how many people have the time to approach music that way? Before, I was so interested in spirituality that I didn’t recognize that a person puts on a record with his hands and not his spirit.” So the emphasis shifted from “heavy musical trips that try to expand people’s minds” to “making people feel like getting up in the morning and going to work.” Yep, sounds about right. If you really want to hear something heavy and groundbreaking, try Herbie Hancock's Crossings, not Headhunters, but Headhunters does have its charms. It's undeniably funky, with music grounded in the best selling artists of the day, like James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone. The keyboard sounds are varied and they don't suck, even the synths, at least in this context. For sake of comparison, listen to some of the synths on the Ohio Players' mid to late 70s albums, which totally stink up the joint. Why? Well, those old jazz players had ears like an elephant and apparently the patience to program synths. And even though these tunes are long, Hancock keeps things interesting introducing contrapuntal lines in the arrangements and of course he's a world class soloist. And I shouldn't forget to mention that Herbie's band are wonderful rhythm players and being jazzers, the groove is constantly shifting and evolving. Aside from the intrinsic value of the recording, which is pretty high, Headhunters is also hugely influential, not only for putting funk front and center in jazz, but for its use of synthesizers. It easily earns its place on the 1001 list.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Funky. I like it.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Not my favorite Herbie album but a stellar listen nonetheless. Funky and soulful, perfect playing by all involved.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

I surprisingly enjoyed it especially watermelon man

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Starts with a super funky vibe (Chameleon) and veers all over the place from there. Straightforward funk, electric jazz and way out space avant- garde, at least to my ears

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

An under-appreciated genius. There is some serious funk underlying the jazz. Talk about fusion.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Woo hoo! Herbie time! A funky 70s Herbie, a bit of fun but can't hold a candle to some of his other works. Fat Albert Rotunda is one of my all time top ten, so competing with that is hard.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Nice jazz album. J'ai plus aimé ça que j'aurais pensé considérant la grosse influence fusion

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

7/10. Pretty good. Watermelon Man wasn't as annoying as I remembered.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

8/10

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Actually fucking slaps. Chameleon is a slight masterpiece

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Groovy

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

Rating: 7/10

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Memories of Jazz School come cascading down around me. They weren't all bad.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Very good but in the 70s era on sound

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Love this album

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I had heard everyone raving about this album but never thought I liked jazz enough to enjoy it so I never listened to it... turns out I like jazz enough to enjoy it! Favorite song: Chameleon

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Fun tippy instrumental album. Kinda old, kinda groovy.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Me assustei no início com a quantidade de músicas: quatro. Também me assustei com a duração delas: em média, 10 minutos cada. Álbum instrumental com muitas experimentações. Deixei tocando e fui fazer outras coisas. Gostei muito.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

This was kind of fun. It dragged on a bit, but some of those grooves were quite funky.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

sophisticated, swinging, funky electric jazz 4 stars

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Something new for me. Funky and fun.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Listened to this while riding a bike. "Sly" was a real nice tune, it actually synced to the high and low speed moments of the ride. It reminded of "Bixiga 70". It's probably a very historically important album, but I'd personally not write home about it.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

one of those records that makes me wish i'd been a band kid in high school

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Épico. Se siente muy libre y he estado todo el tiempo dentro de la jam que es este disco. Muchos samples por aquí y por allá y muy dinámico, ha sido bastante disfrutable, y hay pequeñas frases y momentos que son infecciosos.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Enjoyed this way more than I expected. Really funky and easy to see the influence on lots of later artists.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

No está malo el funk del principio, de hecho me tenía trabajando y bailando, pero se vuelve largo y hacia el final ya es lento y cansado.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

I love Hancock’s music in general, and I was always intrigued by his genre breakthroughs. This one is one of those unique ones, and, more importantly, is still a pleasure to listen to today. I just love it!

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I was wavering a bit on this album. I really enjoyed the “Chameleon” although it got a little long there in the middle, and really enjoyed the dreamy Vein Melter. I sort of wavered a bit in the middle of the album. I would up in 3.5 territory, but found the whole thing pleasant enough that I’m rounding up to a 4.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Funky change of pace from my usual fare. Had a great time.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I investigated this album not so long ago after hearing samples on a different album on this list. It is exactly what I expected from Herbie Hancock of the 70s. The funky jazz can really speak to my soul! I am more of a fan of the first two tracks than the last two, but overall, I can dig it.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Today I learned about the groovy clavinet. How could I not have been aware of this marvelous instrument before now? Wow, I loved the first half of this album! Funky and fun! The second half was a little less fun I thought.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Svona kjallarinn á Paloma jazz-funk. Heitt og sveitt.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Enjoyed thus, especially the first 2 tracks, third was a bit too experimental for me.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Great funky instrumental Jazz. A stone-cold classic in the genre. Favourites: "Chameleon", "Watermelon Man"

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

more than essential jazz

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Genre: Jazz-Funk 4/5 An absolute groovefest, Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters is one of the coolest sounding jazz records around, and is a true funk fest for the ages. From the opening bassline in Chameleon to the final tinkling chords of Vein Melter, we're gifted with a full set of intricate, technically brilliant, semi-experimental jazz pieces that can hold their nose to anything else out there, old and new. Sly, as well as Chameleon, has some of the best basswork I've listened to throughout this exercise, and not just the jazz albums I've listened to, but any of the albums. (Shoutout to Paul Jackson, bass extraordinaire). The piano playing, Herbie Hancock's handiwork, is superb. Futuristic, with lots of synthesizers used throughout, but still maintaining those classic jazz roots he's so familiar with and so adept at playing. An absolute treat, and an album that I would say goes beyond a dinner party jazz album. This is a get off the couch, shake-your-ass album. Really great stuff.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

sau cool

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Really smooth, very nice. I’d give it a 5 except sometimes the horns got so high pitched it literally hurt my ears and I had to turn the volume down.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Nice. Real nice. B

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Classic jazz fusion

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Side 1 5 stars, side 2 3.5.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

A really enjoyable funk/jazz album. The musicianship on this album is unreal, with the various segues into highly experimental jazz can be a real trip.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

It's Herbie

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Mon May 02 2022
4

I really enjoyed this, such cool stuff!

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Wasn’t expecting to enjoy this so much. I especially enjoyed “Watermelon Man.”

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Thu May 05 2022
4

a stacked 1st half with songs apprentice jazz musicians will learn to solo to

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Sat May 07 2022
4

funky yellow rbobot

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Tue May 10 2022
4

So cool! Very different from what I listen to normally, but I liked it. The layering of sounds and rhythms as an intro was really nice.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

1st song: Nice groovy drums and bass throughout the 15min track. With some nice solo moments for different instruments (Electric piano, saxophone). Overall felt like a groovy, jazzy but also experimental track. Not super experimental, but just jazzy experimental. 2nd song: The woodwinds and guitars sounded almost like human voices having a conversation. 3rd/4th song. Pretty trippy. Overall this album was a nice, groovy, jazzy, experimental journey.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Jazz-Funk instrumental. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

yir boi

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Wed May 25 2022
4

I liked it...wasn't sure what to expect but reminded me of Vince Guaraldi and his music for Peanuts specials...turns out Hancock did Fat Albert specials. I learned a thing!

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Wed May 25 2022
4

I listened to Head Hunters once before because the album came up as a suggestion on YouTube after I listened to some Miles Davis. Herbie Hancock is a different kind of jazz than Davis, but Head Hunters was a good way to expand the music that I have listened to. The album is solid and as a whole I would give it a higher rating than tracks individually. I put two of the four tracks into my personal playlist ("Chameleon", "Vein Melter"), and I would come back to this album for a second listen.

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Tue May 31 2022
4

4 songs for Herbie Hancock to lay it down. Chameleon is a solid funky groove all the way through and changes its stripes at set intervals. Watermelon Man is cool. Vein Melter also very cool.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

I've listened to this album a ton before and it is so damn good. Herbie Hancock is a groovy, jazzy, funky, creative mastermind.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

6/2/2022 - ALBUM #126 Today's Album: "Head Hunters" by Herbie Hancock - What an absolutely breathtaking, diverse, and impressive Jazz album. From the opening song, Chameleon, it is apparent that this is going to be a jazz album unlike ones you have heard before. The 15 minute track runtime, Having one of the catchiest and funkiest basslines in existence, the ridiculous keyboard soloing throughout the track, the crisp and balanced production, the way the main bassline changes for the middle third of the song, the little embellishments from guitars and keys throughout the entire track, the incomparable performances from every single member of the band (especially the drums). Everything combines to create this absolute clusterfuck of a jazz song that hits you like a train and never gives up for it's entire quarter of an hour runtime. The performances don't stop being extremely energetic, impressive, and incredibly funky despite the changes in mood and it becomes more and more obvious how in tune all of these musicians are. Watermelon Man is also a really great track here that starts with this sort of pan-flute chant before the bass and drums lay down this absolutely psychedelic groove. It definitely is a bit more experimental and eccentric, but I think it really plays into the strengths of the group and very soon after the band is back to running on all cylinders, but this time with the more chilled out groove, there it way more skill put into the timing and style of the playing and it just lends itself to this really great musical atmosphere. The saxophone really shines in this track and I just think it's kind of wild how the thing that stands out the least in this group it probably the guitar, and the guitar performance is still leagues better than most. Everything in this album is just super catchy and puts you into this really great vibe. I really like how the tracks follow this sort of ABA pattern of playing, where the original grove that is constructed in the beginning is tore back down at the end. I can best describe the track Sly as the soundtrack to a spy movie when they're sneaking around the heist location, but then it sort of deconstructs into this nightmare trip of a chase sequence, where there is a lot of essentially chaotic, yet synchronized noodling. It's a really great track and has a ton of personality along with some killer performances all around, but it does sort of just start to sound like background music in the beginning and total chaotic nonsense in the middle, at least from just a casual listening perspective. Very fun and experimental track, but it definitely doesn't lay down as solid of a groove as the other songs. The last song, Vein Melter, is a pretty calm and meditative closer, with this really steady snare roll and hi-hat groove leading these really ethereal synth sounds and a really dreamy bassline. Some of the keyboard sounds do sound a little cheesy here like they're pre-installed on some midi keyboard, but the great performances from the rest of the band and the really steady groove make it a pretty enjoyable listen and a good way to end off the record after a pretty insane listen. Overall, this album loses me a tiny bit in the second half with some slightly less exciting tracks, but the album overall still feels really balanced and flows well from start to finish. Give this one a listen if you enjoy jazz in literally any capacity or have ever wanted to understand more. It's very accessible and super fun! Highlights: Chameleon, Watermelon Man, Sly, Vein Melter Score: 8.5/10 My favorite Jazz album to date

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Not only a fusion classic, but also a favorite of modern dance/yoga instructors everywhere. If I were gonna recommend a Herbie album, this wouldn’t be the first on my list but it would definitely be at the top if I were gonna recommend a funk/fusion title. Essential.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

This is pretty cool. I knew his name just not his music. I like it.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

i liked it, nice backround music ig, good production or whatever, it wasnt boring but only as a backround noise while doing something repetitive 8/10 (rated by a proffessional in the field)

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

fun weird jazz.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Dreamy, trippy and funky

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

trippy parts are too trippy song two is great soundstage amazing (HD600)

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Funky and jazzy, nice in the background

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

The drumming at the end of Sly. What music is about.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I can certainly recognize the talent of this album, but it made me realize I'm not a huge funk fan.

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