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Return of the Headhunters
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Back in the mid-'70s, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters were making some of the funkiest fusion around. The band (like Weather Report and Return to Forever) was a prime exponent of post-Miles Davis electric jazz. Now, two dec... more »
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Back in the mid-'70s, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters were making some of the funkiest fusion around. The band (like Weather Report and Return to Forever) was a prime exponent of post-Miles Davis electric jazz. Now, two decades after the fact, the original Headhunters are back. While Hancock is only a "special guest" on this recording, saxophonist Bennie Maupin, percussionist Bill Summers, bassist Paul Jackson, and drummer Mike Clark keep their jazz-fusion flame burning brightly. Besides one contemporary rap tune and two soulful vocals by N'Dea Davenport, this music displays much of the band's original excitement and experimental nature. With veteran pianist Billy Childs subbing for Hancock on half the tunes, The Headhunters still achieve a consistent and creative sound. --Mitch Myers
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Donna R. (donnaleigh) from DYSART, IA
Reviewed on 5/9/2011...
What? This is not a jazz album!!!
Can't understand these bad reviews
Jazzcat | Genoa, Italy Italy | 06/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hey guys, can't you judge a thing for what it is? Do you have always to compare a thing to another one to have an idea about it? What kind of approach is it? Moreover different things are not comparable. Like this band and the first HH band. The first headhunters was a certain band. It came out in a a certain period when there was a some kind of electricity around. The idea of mixing jazz and funk was the new idea (Miles Davis did it a lot too) and the electronic instruments were the new things to put to torture test. C'mon. This is a completly different project for a completly different time. 1998 was not 1972! This album should be judged only for what it is. It is greatlyproduced smooth jazz-funk with great musicians involved and good atmospheres and songs. Good sounds too. N'dea Davenport is a great singer. She proved it here well. There is also space for some improvisation like in Premonition. I have the old HH records and this one. I appreciate both but I don't compare them. I enjoy both for their diversities. Why choose?"
This is killer fusion
Tom | USA!!!!!!! | 08/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is some killer fusion, starting it off with "Funk Hunter". Great funk styles here with everyone. The overdubbed bass licks from Paul Jackson to the solid drumming of Mike Clarke. It appears that most people are unreasonably hard on this project by comparing it to the original "Headhunters" recording released approx. twenty years earlier.
Come on folks, this is a great release for the nineties in the midst of all the hiphop dance music and the grunge sounds too. I honestly thought the "Return of the Headhunters" was released sometime in the later seventies. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was released in 98'. Bennie Maupin's horn work is fantastic. And there is no problem telling what tracks Herbie Hancock plays on as well.
It is nice to hear that Fusion is still being played this way and that these musicians still have the feel and chop to this style of jazz. I study this recording religiously every time I hear it. It never fails me, EVER! Enjoy!"