Herbie Hancock: Sun Touch
Herbie Hancock (electric piano, synthesizers)
Man-Child (Columbia CK-33812)
Melvin “Wah-Wah Watson” Ragin (guitar), Bud Brisbois, Jay DaVersa (trumpets) Garnett Brown (trombone) Dick “Slyde” Hyde (tuba, bass tuba), Ernie Watts, Jim Horn (saxes, flutes).
Composed by Herbie Hancock.
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Herbie Hancock has always been one that pushed the stylistic envelope, regardless if he is playing straight ahead jazz or fusion. Following the release of his enormously popular Headhunters and Thrust albums, Man-Child builds on the heels of these two releases but features more players and heavy orchestration. The largest addition to the mix on Man-Child is Melvin "Wah-Wah Watson" Ragin, who adds nice textural flavors with his guitar work, complementing the work of Hancock as if they'd been playing for years. On "Sun Touch," one of several mellow pieces on the album, bassist Paul Jackson and Watson groove on a little ostinato figure that provides the foundation of Hancock's solo. Herbie's solo is a soothing mixture of tasteful melodic passages with synthesized string movements. The string movements add further to the mix and really make this song of the most funky and hypnotic cuts on the whole album.
Although Hancock would explore disco funk to no end towards the latter part of the 1970s, the Man-Child period finds him walking the line finely.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley
Tags: 1970s jazz