Head Hunters

Head Hunters

by Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock


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With the funk flying from note one, Head Hunters proudly announced itself a contemporary jazz recording, one that acknowledged the impact of Sly and the Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, and the rich vein of early '70s R&B. Armed with an arsenal of electronic keyboards, and backed by a lean-and-mean electric bassist and drummer, Hancock reinvented his music: What counted now was the feel of a piece -- virtuoso improvisation could take a back seat. Such tracks as "Sly" (an homage to you-know-who), the electro-groove remake of Hancock's earliest success, "Watermelon Man," and the big hit "Chameleon" come on like sonic valentines to funk itself. The street-beat jazz of Head Hunters gave Hancock a new audience and established his lasting reputation for cutting-edge fusion.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646512326
catalogNumber: 65123
Rank: 1104


  1. Chameleon
  2. Watermelon Man
  3. Sly
  4. Vein Melter

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Pipe,Vocals,Clavinet,ARP,fender rhodes,Soloist,Arp Odyssey
Bennie Maupin   Flute,Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind,Multiple Reeds,Saxello
Bill Summers   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Multi Instruments,Balafon,Bottle,Surdo,Agogo,Shekere,Shakere,Gankogui,Log Drums,Cabasa,Hinedewho
Paul Jackson   Electric Bass,Marimbula
Paul Jackson   Bass,Electric Bass,Marimbas,Marimbula
Harvey Mason   Drums
Oren Waters   Vocals
Headhunters   Group

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Executive Producer,Reissue Producer
Herbie Hancock   Producer,Liner Notes
Steven Berkowitz   Director,Reissue Series
Fred Catero   Engineer
Kevin Gore   Director,Reissue Series
Harvey Mason   Arranger
David Rubinson   Producer
John Snyder   Producer
Scott Thompson   Liner Notes
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Vic Anesini   Engineer
Victor Moscoso   Art Direction,Cover Design
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera   Art Direction
Scott H. Thompson   Liner Notes
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
John Naatjes   Tape Vault Research,Tape Research
Jennifer Ebert   Packaging Manager

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