Monday, 27 September 2010

Herbie Hancock - Chameleon

Album: Headhunters (Columbia,1973) Chart pos:N/A

Chameleon from Herbie Hancock's blockbuster album Headhunters was one of the first albums that showed me that Jazz wasn't (necessarily) a form of musical masturbation. Possibly the main reason I loved the album was the fact that it wasn't a million miles from the synthesized funk that Stevie Wonder was pedalling in the early seventies before he lost the plot and made concept albums about the lives plants and collaborated with Macca. Chameleon which its funky synthesized bass line is a joy to behold alongside a reworked version of Watermelon Man constituted one of the finest first sides on a jazz LP.

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