Herbie Hancock :: Ultrasonic Recording Studios, Hempstead, NY , October 1, 1973

Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters was released a half-century ago this month — and the funk has never been the same. Oddly enough, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of massive 50th anniversary boxed set celebrating this classic crossover LP. But a compiler looking to expand Head Hunters could certainly consider this well-traveled live broadcast from right around the time the album came out. The grooves are ridiculous, whether Herbie and co. are sliding through a scintillating “Butterfly” or finding electrifying new directions in “Chameleon . . .

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