Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:46 minutes | 889 MB
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Headhunters is a monumental release in Herbie Hancock’s career and a defining moment in jazz-funk. It reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums and #2 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums. This is one of the most endearing works in the jazz/funk legacy. In 2007, Headhunters was inducted into the National Recording Registry and is included on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Herbie Hancock’s career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken). Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop.
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