Thursday

Herbie Hancock

Man-Child - 1975

If you've been following the goings on down here at The Heat Warps for any length of time, you've no doubt caught a whiff of our serious love of Herbie Hancock's 70s output. The man was simply unstoppable from 1969 on, dropping in on an occasional session with Miles, forming the backbone of what was essentially the house band for CTI in the early part of the decade and, of course, releasing a string of deep funk and daringly experimental LPs with not one, but two legendary combos. Whew. Just thinking about the man's schedule is taxing. And while 1973's Head Hunters was (and maybe still is) the greatest selling jazz LP of all time, to mark the year as any sort of creative peak is a serious misstep. Thrust, the immediate successor to Head Hunters, grooved even harder and tighter, while 1975's Man-Child piled on the guitars (3 to be exact) and went heavy on synths to merge heavy funk with Mwandishi-style headiness. Hell, even Stevie Wonder drops in to blow some harmonica on "Steppin' In It." It could be argued that, despite being overlooked in favor of its more popular an instantly accesable predecessors, Man-Child is the culmination of everything that made Hancock's 70s LPs so impressive. Intelligent songwriting, deep grooves, tasteful instrumentation and an unmatched cast of characters. There definitely a reason it's always finding its way back to the turntable.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have this on kind of scratchy vinyl, so this is much appreciated! And you're right - this one is pretty damn heavy. Thanks!

Neilantman said...

Thanks, cant go wrong with 70s Herbie

dany said...

good

jpo said...

hi
any chance of sharing the password?
cheers
jpo
nyc

JR Heat Warp said...

No password required, jpo.

Anonymous said...

First time here and not going to leave any time soon. Truly an amazing selection of timeless music. Thank you.

JR Heat Warp said...

Enjoy your stay, anon!

mretx2 said...

same here ... great record