Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Herbie Hancock - 1973-10-01 - Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, NY

From the Ultrasonic Archives....

"A concert that will certainly amaze you," says the DJ by way of introducing Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters band, and it's hard not to disagree. Indeed, by late 1973, Hancock had moved on from the Mwandishi band - although it'd still pop up on records now and then - for the slimmed down, harder-edged funk of the Headhunters lineup: Hancock on keyboards, Bennie Maupin on reeds, Paul Jackson on bass and Mike Clark on drums.

As I understand it, this is the first circulating Headhunters show. Which makes it interesting, especially since even right from the get-go, this was a tight, funky band who knew how to work a groove. Indeed, Clark's something of the MVP here, creating a pocket deep enough for everyone to groove into, while still working a few nice fills in here and there. It's also cool for featuring two tracks that would wind up on 1974's Thrust, and not leaning too heavily on either older material or stuff from Headhunters.

And finally, if that's not enough, it's a live broadcast from a predominately rock-focused FM station, too. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say a broadcast like this probably introduced Hancock to a wider audience than he'd been getting with any of his Mwandishi lineups. Which means, I think, it's as good as any place to start with this era of his band. Enjoy!

1. Actual Proof
2. Butterfly
3. Sly
4. Chameleon


M. Milner said...

Herbie '73: https://www14.zippyshare.com/v/cZECJssi/file.html

Nick said...

Thanks for this! one of my very fav Hancock shows, and I'm happy to upgrade my copy. Butterly is a pretty smooove jam, but this one is trance-inducing.

frightwig said...

Herbie's '73-74 live boots are particularly great fun. Why Sony hasn't put them together--like, 10 years ago--is beyond me.

M. Milner said...

Thanks for the comment, Nick. Yeah, it's a great one~

Frightwig: I completely agree. And Herbie's mentioned he had a habit of taping shows. Maybe he doesn't want them released? Maybe him and Columbia aren't getting along? It's weird, and way overdue