Herbie Hancock: Vein Melter
Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes, synthesizers)
Head Hunters (Columbia)
Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes, synthesizers),
Bennie Maupin (sax, bass clarinet), Paul Jackson (bass), Harvey Mason (drums), Bill Summers (percussion).
Composed by Herbie Hancock.
Recorded: September 1973
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Following releases with his Mwandishi group, Herbie Hancock set out for new commercial territory with his formation of the Head Hunters. He struck fusion gold with this album. "Vein Melter" is a laid-back song in which Hancock employs synthetic and Rhodes textures to create a smooth blend of discovery and exploration. The song could be considered too slow for some, but it pushes the musical boundaries of its era and is timeless for that reason alone. This is a signpost for the trail Hancock would blaze for the rest of the mid-1970s.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley