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Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters LIVE in 1974 – Bremen, Germany

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Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters LIVE in 1974 – Bremen, Germany

Herbie Hancock: Keyboards, sorcery
Bill Summers: Percussion, weird noises
Paul Jackson: Bass, good vibes
Mike Clark: Drums, pulse

Bennie Maupin: Reeds, fashion consultant

00:00 Palm Grease 18m30s
18:30 Sly 10m37s
29:07 Butterfly 15m22s
44:29 Spank A Lee 6m57s
51:26 Chameleon 14m23s
1:05:49 That’s It – That’s a Take 33s

“…I had been spending so much time exploring the upper atmosphere of music and the more ethereal kind of far-out spacey stuff. Now there was this need to take some more of the earth and to feel a little more tethered; a connection to earth…” Herbie Hancock, 1997

Cascading back into the etheric plane, Hancock centered his new 70’s quintet, the Headhunters, around the filthy sounding clavinet and flanked it with a slick rhythm and blues section composed of Paul Jackson (bass), Mike Clark (drums) and Bill Summers (percussion). Not to be forgotten is saxophonist Bennie Maupin, the only member left of the original Hancock sextet, whose fiery solos flirted with breaking the earthly boundaries set by the new group.

With a funky groove the 1973 album Head Hunters ushered in a new era of jazz that appealed to a far wider audience – making jazz listeners out of rhythm and blues fans, and vice versa. Long circulating proof of the dynamic chops of this group is this live set from November 1974, captured in Bremen, Germany, where we find the group ripping up the stage for an hour straight on ‘Chameleon’, the aptly named ‘Sly’, and newer joints from the follow-up album, Thrust ‘Butterfly’, ‘Spank A Lee’, and ‘Palm Grease’.

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