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Head Hunters

Herbie Hancock

1973

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Head Hunters

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3.61

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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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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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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

Funky and fun

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5

great

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5

Okay, hell yes. Chameleon alone makes this fantastic.

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5

Incredible Psychadlic Groovy as fuck jazz album masterpiece 9.5/10

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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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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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5

9/17 Jazz Funk masterpiece.

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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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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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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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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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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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great oldie music almost brackground music

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5

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

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5

Classic banger

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5/5 Disagree and i'll fight you.

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5

absolute mastapiece

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5

Good vibes. 9/10

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5

Jazzy and awesome

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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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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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Gott grúv. Hressandi stöff

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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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5

Absolute gem.

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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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Нетленка Хэрби Хэнкока

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5

Perfect album

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5

Stone cold classic. Loved this album since my teens.

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5

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

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5

Jazz Funk Perfection

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God I love music

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5

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

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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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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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5

Irresistible jazz with an electronic edge. Groundbreaking and essential.

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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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Enjoyed

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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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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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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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5

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

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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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5/5. Undeniable all-time classic :)

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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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Funky and great beats

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First jazz album to sell over a million copies.

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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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More please

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4

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

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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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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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I liked it

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Funky

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Pretty cool listen

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

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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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eh it's aight

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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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It's so funky

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emilie efterskole start running marathon opener

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No Lyrics, pure music. Funky 😌

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

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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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Everyone, ever has sampled this.

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This was some Grade A funk & jazz, man

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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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Groovy!

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

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-"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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4

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

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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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Funky. I like it.

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

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I surprisingly enjoyed it especially watermelon man

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

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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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4

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

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

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8/10

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Actually fucking slaps. Chameleon is a slight masterpiece

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Groovy

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Rating: 7/10

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4

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

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4

Very good but in the 70s era on sound

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Love this album

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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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4

Fun tippy instrumental album. Kinda old, kinda groovy.

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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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4

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

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sophisticated, swinging, funky electric jazz 4 stars

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Something new for me. Funky and fun.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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4

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

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

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

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4

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

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more than essential jazz

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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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sau cool

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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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Nice. Real nice. B

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Classic jazz fusion

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Side 1 5 stars, side 2 3.5.

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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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It's Herbie

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4

I really enjoyed this, such cool stuff!

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

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4

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

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funky yellow rbobot

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

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yir boi

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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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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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Quite funky, upbeat jazz.

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Un des premiers album de jazz fuzion que j’ecoute. C’est bon et eclate mais je prefere encore le bon vieux jazz. Meme si cela est drole a dire etant donne les epoques.3.75

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This jazz funk album has instruments all over the place, but they all come together to create an interesting piece of musical history. It's funky yet soulful - smooth jazz mixed with funk melodies. Amazingly this is the only "jazz" album to sell over a million records.

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not bad

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Damn that Moog bass synth on the opening track just gives me the chills. Love it! Sly gets a little insane. 3.5

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The year is 1957 on the mean streets of Chicago. Herbie can play, Herbie can compose. But here's the thing, you don't tape people. What is this society, that we tape everything? What's going on? Do we not live in the moment anymore? We just tape everything from a phone? I don't like that. You know, that's what Herbie's music is against. But that dog was not humping my head, despite what Herbie Hancock says. That's why I love Herbie Hancock. He loves to lie.

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Enjoyed it! His later work is more adventurous, creative.

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I cant get all of this album on Amazon. A first. Got chameleon and it was alright.

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Solid but just not able to get deep enough into its groove.

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goed voor op de achtergrond, met momenten dacht ik dat het in ene rick & morty aflevering kon

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you have to be in a very specific mood for this one. perhaps one track, on a boat trip, with an Aperol Spritz, anything after that and I'm a bit done with the expressive jazz funk bass

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I sold a power amplifier while I was listening. So, it must have been good.

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My method of how I want to review albums is still evolving. I may also do it differently based on album. Anyway, for this one, I wanted to share the bulk of my play-by-play experience of listening to the first (and longest) track off Head Hunters, "Chameleon." A roughly play-by-play retelling of my listening to “Chameleon”: Ooh yeah, funky groove. I’m into it. Okay the horns are getting a little sharp and too much now. Okay, they’re dying down, so I’ll make a note of the point at the song that I’m not really digging- ::checks Spotify, sees this had all happened between about 2:30 and 3:30 of...a 15-minute song? Wow:: Whoa this song is longer than I was expecting. But okay okay, I can settle into this. You could just like live in this groove you know? Ooh this part is really chill. Like a totally different vibe, really relaxing. The other energetic one wasn’t bad, but this is nice- OH LIKE CHANGING LIKE A CHAMELEON. Ha. Nice. And a break from horns (love you horns, really!). This isn’t the normal length of a song, and that’s okay. But it was much more relaxing to my brain to be able to see exactly how long to expect the song to be, because if I hadn’t seen I would have been constantly anticipating an ending that wasn’t coming for ten more minutes LOL Ah, and now I have a sense that it’s almost over ::looks, sees there are a few minutes left, so, yes:: yep. And now it’s circling back to the early motif. Good song."

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Herb is the word

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Jazz no convencional

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The only Herbie Hancock track I know is Rockit. Which is great. I know that other than that, he is much more of a jazz artist. I think I checked him out when I was 15 expecting more electro and being disappointed when there was So. Muck. Saxophone. Chameleon has one of the dirtiest bass lines ever. I'm not a 15 minute funk jam person all the time, but this is pretty alright? It has the decency to essentially transform into another track at the 7.5 minute mark, which is a relief as it didn't feel like there were many places left for it to go. That bassline then feels welcome comming back at the 13 minute mark. Watermelon Man is weirder for the first minute. Once the beat kicks in it sounds like it could be a hip hop track. 2 minutes research tells me Dilla sampled it because OBVIOUSLY. Unlike Chameleon, I can't think of multiple ways to edit it down! Sly feels more traditionally 'jazz' than the first two tracks. And a couple of minutes in, I feel, depressingly like I'm listening to something I find boring, but that cleverer people will understand... Gets more fun when it goes double time. Feels like music from a hyperactive 70s spy thriller. Vein Melter is a brilliant song title. The track is vaguely atmospheric synth noodling and shmoove sax, at least up to the three minute mark. I do not feel it is melting my circulatory system, the name feels very misleading at this point. 5 minutes in and I am still very bored.Has it's great points though, but I can't say I'd be going back to it any time soon. A minute and a half in, and I can't see it going anywhere vein melty in the remaining minute and a half. Very disappointed, a waste of a great song name that should probably have gone to a speed metal band. Ultimately, there's some me brilliant, exciting fun stuff on here. As always with jazz, it has far too much widdly technical noodling going on. I would listen to Watermelon Man again, but I'm not sure I want to sacrifice the listening time for the longer ones on here. I can see how the instrumentation must have been important to move jazz forwards, but I can't bring myself to love it.

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I liked this pretty well throughout bit it did sure feel like another trip to the jazz genius noodle factory. Too sophisticated for me probably.

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I wish this album stopped after 2 tracks. Chameleon started off strong. I feel the FUNK! Watermelon man is weird…good weird. And then we get to Sly. Sly is all over the place…bad all over the place. Vein Melter bored me to death…bad boredom. I’m stuck at a 2.5 here. I’m putting a priority on the innovation in the first two tracks.

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I just finished watching White Lotus and I'm pretty sure that they used parts of Watermelon Man to build eerie tension and impending doom in some of the episodes. I'm glad that I was introduced to this, Chameleon went on forever, and it was good, but could've ended about 12 minutes sooner. All of this was good to experience and provides a basic foundation of electrofunk. I'd be open to hearing more and exploring this genre a little further.

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// Favs: Vein Melter Score: Strong 3

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Jazz funk. The mixture. The cerebral musicality of jazz mixed with the visceral groove of funk. What a combo. Jazz's deformed cousin.

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up there for album covers. good depiction of what happens to your head if you try to understand what is going on with this album.

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One moment interesting and groovy, the next moment crazy free jazzy. Always cool though.

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Heel bijzonder jazz album, zou hem wel aanraden voor een gare zondagochtend

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Fun background music. Veered between genres which was fun.

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I don't like music without lyrics, but this one was pretty good

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Pretty nice jazz album. It’s very unique in some aspects and it still flows nicely. They keyboarding is really cool and the horns are what ties it together. Solid album. 7.1/10

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3/5 for the song name “Watermelon Man”

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Shoutout mike white, white lotus

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Interesting listen. Not much of it really jumped out at me but would listen again.

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nice

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I like Jazz, I like Funk and I like this. First song Chameleon a brilliant grove, maybe does get a bit tiresome after that. Chameleon a 4, but the rest of the album just a 3. An album I think I’ll come back to, but more likely to listen to a jazz classic over this.

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Funky

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Funky, jazz music. More enjoyable than I would have guessed at first. Only complaint would be it’s was a bit repetitive and blends together. 3

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Pleasant and unassuming, so not that interesting, but I'd never object to hearing it again.

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Pretty funky, long songs but only 40min. 3/5

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Fun jazz funk keyboards. Written as a suite of four pieces.

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I enjoyed this a lot. The first half more than the second where it lost a bit pf momentum. Probably now my favourite jazz funk album

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It starts off with a bang with Chameleon and the other 3 songs aren't bad, just not on the level of Chamelon. A solid listen, but not something I'd want to listen to often.

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Nothing I would seek out on my own, but overall a pretty enjoyable album. I felt the length of some of the tracks in a bad way, but each one had something good for me.

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Not bad. Easy listening background. It was ok and harmless, but not something I’d actively listen to.

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I like jazz but not a big fan of fusion. This album has moments where rhe groove gets pretty intense, but for me thecsoloing intrudes on the song and serves no useful purpose except to show the musicianship and speed with which each player plays. 3 🌟

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This held my attention for generally half of each song before it fell into the background. I can't argue with the playing on here, but it all seems more like noodling than something you can really invest yourself in, listening-wise. Would've loved to have heard this when it first came out - maybe it would've blown my mind. But having lived through the 90s when most acts were repurposing this sound... it doesn't come off especially special for me.

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Fun interesting funky jazz listen, but not something I’d listen to all the time.

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good of its kind but gave birth to too many youth jazz band versions of Watermelon Man...

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mongo mango

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All right.

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Fusionsjazz, funk, fremragende klaver, 4 lange numre, rimelig skarpt

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Love the funk! 3/5

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Some of the roots of funk found here. Herbie is known so well as a serious jazz musician who branched out into other areas. As part of the generation that first heard him with Rock-It, it’s great to hear that he was breaking new ground long before that!

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Not that original

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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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Very interesting. A unique spot between jazz and funk. Not my jam, but glad I listened.

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I don’t know enough about jazz to really talk about it, but I’ll say this: this is the kind I don’t like. I prefer surprising harmonies and modulations to the same damned chord progression a bazillion times over, nothing more than a predictable undergirding for individual riffs that don’t even feel related. Not my jam.

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Was a high 3 based on Chameleon. Fell away after that.

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First couple of tracks were interesting then it got a bit boring.

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It was jazzy but not really my jam.

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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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With a name like Herbie Hancock, who could go wrong!? And it's his real name, not a stage name! Born Herbert Hancock, and who wouldn't shorten that to Herbie because Herbies are famous. Like Herbie the Love Bug, that charming(?) automobile, maybe Herbie Hancock is more known for his name than his music? Because I don't know this album. Though I did watch Herbie the Love Bug. Not sure I could tell you what it's about other than a talking(?) car though. Oh! It's because I know Herbie Hancock for a song that sounds nothing like any of this! "Rockit" from "Future Shock," a decade after this, is the first "jazz hip-hop song," an anthem for breakdancers, and won 5 awards at the inaugural MTV Music Video Awards. That song I know! Both in it's original and in many samples I'm sure. It's filled with synth, scratches, samples, and is nothing like "Head Hunters." "Head Hunters" was mostly smooth and cool jazz funk that faded into the background until "Sly" came in with it's frantic, all-over-the-place self. Took me too out of it. But "Rockit" would get 4 stars. It's not on the 1001 though. Too bad.

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Not arsed. This didn't light up the sky with fireworks on bonfire night.

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Instrumental and got bored at the first track.

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There's an alternate universe where i'm a major jazz-fusion-funk fanatic. It would be a rather weird place.

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4 canciones y 40 minutos. Estos discos ya no se hacen. Partiendo del origen Jazz mete algo de electrónica, o eso creo. Escuchable como música de fondo y poco más para mi gusto.

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Nah… just too freestyle for me. Me and jazz is like me and olives. I feel like we should get on, but alas no!

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I liked the first track,not really sure about the other tho,might give it another listen

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Not really fan of jazz and this was no exception

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Good but short.

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2/5 nope!

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Leiðinleg plata

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Too jazz for me.

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Nomas para saber

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Some cool music but in terms of listening regularly I probably wouldn't because the songs were quite long and did not really stand out to me

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Nice funky drive. The sax (I think) in the tune, Sly, is poppin.OK? Generally not KY thing, but I can tell why it was an important album in 1973.

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Yep, this is funky jazz

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Limpid jazz with a pleasant bop and squiggle but none of the knotty, edge-of-the-universe stuff he managed under Miles' tutelage.

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Rollo

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palloso

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Freestyle jazz not my cup of tea

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Great cover, but then you should never judge an album by…

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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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Nonsense.

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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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Nope

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