Tuesday

Herbie Hancock

Thrust - 1974
Following a period of intense exploration throughout the early 1970s, Herbie Hancock felt it was time to cut the fuss and drop the funk. And drop it, he did. With his massively successful 1973 Headhunters LP all but solidifying the genre of jazz-funk, it's truly amazing how its follow up has been left in the shadows for so long - especially when considering that Thrust may be the better album! The most notable difference from its predecessor is in the tighter, more complex drumming of Mike Clark, who had recently replaced Harvey Mason in the band's lineup. If you've heard anything from Thrust, it's likely to be Clark's frequently-copped groove that opens the album. And with that, the tone is set. Hancock's keyboard work is typically incredible - taking the wah'd clavinet and the ARP synth to greater depths than on any of his early 70s LPs - while Bennie Maupin fills out the low end with the bass clarinet that is a cornerstone of fusion in its own right (just check out the man's discography for heaven's sake!). While Headhunters may contain "Chameleon", Thrust lays claim to everything else. A magnificent LP from end to end.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

dude!! herbie!!! dude!! anymore coming our way??

JR HeatWarp said...

Dude! Check out those links I've embedded into the post. If you still need more Herbie after all that, go see a doctor!

JBL said...

...yeah, Dr. Patrick Gleeson--STAT!!!

Anonymous said...

DUDE!! I NEED A DOCTOR!!!

monkeystump said...

Bring the DR. Gleeson!! Free the freak and fly the funk!!! CLEAR!!