Herbie Hancock: Chameleon
Herbie Hancock (electric piano, clavinet, synthesizer, pipes)
Head Hunters (Sony 705)
Paul Jackson (electric bass, marimbula),.
Composed by Herbie Hancock, Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason & Bennie Maupin.
Recorded: San Francisco, early 1973
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Get down tonight! Set your K-tel Time-Travel Device to the 1970s and prepare to boogie! Naturally you'll need platform shoes and polyester bell-bottoms, with an Aubrey Beardsley peacock shirt open to the navel. Now add 19 necklaces with garish pendants, topped by a Pam Grier Autographed Afro. I'm talkin' about Shaft! Or rather about Herbie Hancock giving jazz the shaft. "Chameleon" shows his career-long adaptive advantage in camouflaging appearance to fit the environment. With jazz's audience shrunk to the capacity of a Volkswagen Bus, heeeere's Herbie alchemizing trendy electronic gadgetry and monotonous funk into fool's gold. Act now! Supplies are limited!
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz