Herbie Hancock: Hang Up Your Hang Ups

Track

Hang Up Your Hang Ups

Artist

Herbie Hancock (keyboards)

CD

Man-Child (Columbia)

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Musicians:

Herbie Hancock (keyboards),

Bennie Maupin (sax), David T Walker (guitar), Paul Jackson (bass), Mike Clark (drums)

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Composed by Herbie Hancock

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Recorded: July 1975

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Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Herbie Hancock recorded a plethora of timeless music in the 1970s. After finding his niche with funk-laced fusion, he continued on this path right through the middle of the decade. While this song doesn't stray from many of the pianist's recordings from the period, it does indicate that the artist was slowly but surely coming to embrace pop music. The horn lines are typical Hancock writing, as Paul Jackson's bassline provides continuity. Some listeners might put both this song and album on the back burner, but I think it represents the band right after they peaked, and any true Head Hunters fan should like it, regardless of subsequent releases where Herbie sings through a vocoder.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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