Herbie Hancock: Sly




Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes, synthesizers)


Head Hunters (Columbia)

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Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes, synthesizers),

Bennie Maupin (saxes, bass clarinet), Paul Jackson (bass), Harvey Mason (drums), Bill Summers (percussion)


Composed by Herbie Hancock


Recorded: September 1973


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Like Miles Davis and so many other jazz musicians, Herbie Hancock was influenced by funk, soul and R&B when those dominated the musical mainstream in the late 1960s and early '70s. This song is Hancock's homage to Sly from Sly and the Family Stone. It comprises the usual funk elements heard from the Head Hunters band: a driving drum beat, effect-laced clavinet and Rhodes comping, and groundbreaking solos from Hancock and Maupin that influenced the next generation of jazz performers. This is a definitive track from one of the best bands in jazz.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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