Herbie Hancock: Actual Proof


Actual Proof


Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes, Hohner clavinet, synthesizer)


Thrust (Columbia)

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Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes, Hohner clavinet, synthesizer),

Bennie Maupin (flute, sax), Paul Jackson (bass), Mike Clark (drums)


Composed by Herbie Hancock


Recorded: August 1974


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Mike Clark starts this song with one of the funkiest drum beats ever recorded. The compositional value here is so high on my chart I don't know where to start. This song has multiple meter changes and pushes the envelope of jazz-fusion to its fullest extent. Hancock highlights the first and only real solo with his usual bag of tricks that set him apart from most other musicians of the last 40 years. His exchange with Clark is exceptional and is only further catapulted into musical heaven with their fantastic use of dynamics. This is, as bassist Lucas Pickford has called it, "the funk song to end all funk songs."

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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