Review by eletourn November 24, 2007 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
|I had a good price for the whole set of 8 Hancock Japanese SACD's so I got this one even though I already had the regular Columbia SACD. This SACD seems to be just a new Japanese release of the Columbia CS 65123 already posted on this website but hybrid instead of Single layer.
Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters
This album is considered a milestone of the 70's jazz/fusion and is one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. It is clearly one of the most accessible and succesful development of the electronic Jazz/Funk direction started with Miles Davis some years earlier. Although I like most of the 70's jazz/fusion (MO,RtF,WR,JLP,AD) this one is just not at the top of my list. Although there is very complex texture and harmony and some good soloing, in the end the Jazz/Funk rythmic and the abstract arrangements are probably just a bit too monotonous for my personal taste.
The sound is excellent and contrary to many other 70s electronic fusion has an excellent production. The 5.1 Multi-channel mix is tasteful, produces a very enveloping sound and a bit like "In a Silent Way" helps clarify some of the complex arrangement and texture. The stereo version is the same mix than the Remaster version of the late 90s. Because of the electronic nature of the production, the SACD layer provides only a slight improvement over the CD (mainly on cymbals and brass at higher volume).
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