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  • In A Silent Way In A Silent Way Quick View

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    In A Silent Way

    Float Into the Ether: Gorgeous 1969 Experimental Treasure Among the Most Atmospheric Jazz Albums Ever Recorded


    Delicate, Immersing, Dynamic: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Magnifies the Bold Textures, Soothing Ambience, and Transcendent Moods


    Davis First Fusion Album Features John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, and Tony Williams


    Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, and Four & More Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Shhh. The command to be quiet is no just part of the title of one of the two sprawling compositions on this pioneering album. Its also an apt metaphor for the relaxed hypnotism and spaced-out atmosphere that define In a Silent Way, a record that pushes the boundaries of studio possibilities, artist-producer relationships, and rock-jazz chasms. Recognized as Miles Davis first full-on fusion effort and part of his electric era, the 1969 landmark claims a Whos Who lineup that sends the music into an ethereal stratosphere.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, In a Silent Way now immerses the listener in linoleate landscapes starlit by the intuition, suspension, and paradoxes wrought by a once-in-a-lifetime collective. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g LP edition lifts the veil on the cutting-edge assembly process that created the pair of lengthy suites. Helmed by three electric instruments, the beveled compositions melt away all preconceived notions of jazz, rock, and ambience, following a loose theory Davis dubbed New Directions.


    Few albums are so delicately textured. And on Mobile Fidelitys meticulous analog reissue, such sulcate elements pour over ink-black backgrounds on a canyon-wide soundstage. In particular, Tony Williams inventive percussive touch he causes the cymbals to shimmer as a pieces of silver tend to do when exposed to sunlight is broadcast with lifelike three-dimensional qualities, the panoramic view extending to Davis nocturnal trumpet, Wayne Shorter's ribbon-unfurling saxophone, Dave Hollands extrapolative bass, and the mosaic of keys.


    If the records only accomplishment is its introduction of guitarist John McLaughlin to the world, it alone would be enough. Yet In a Silent Way continues to bedazzle, puzzle, and inspire for myriad reasons not the least of which is the seemingly telepathic communicative methods employed by the groups members. The lineup is great on paper, but, if its even possible, the octet sounds even better in practice, with the instruments and tonalities conjoining in avant-garde communion like hyper-sensitive tentacles exploring the stippled landscapes of an undiscovered planet.


    Diverting from expectation, tubular grooves twist, turn, and spin, sometimes piling atop of each other, always shying away from structure and melody. Ellipsoidal solos provide hesitant guidance, ranging from Chick Corea's Fender Rhodes phrases to Davis decorative spirals. And as color is the primary unit of currency on Davis Sketches of Spain, laidback episodes, geometric spaces, and quiet sensuality reign here, with the sets maverick reputation attained via musings on solitude rather than explosions of noise.


    Controversial for the period, the heavily edited production of In a Silent Way blew open the once-locked doors on what producers could attempt and how artists could assist them. Knitted together as one would construct a cross-hatched quilt, songs contain grafts of repeat passages that provide unifying structure and experimental continuity. What a statement.


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    1. Shhh/Peaceful
    2. In a Silent Way/Its About That Time
    Miles Davis
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    Black Market

    Weather Report was one of the most influential jazz-fusion groups of their era, and outlasted many of its contemporaries such as Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
    Despite many personnel changes over its 16 year lifespan, they continued to create groundbreaking music under the guidance of Joe Zawinul.


    Bandmembers Zawinul, Shorter and Moreira all played the bands of Miles Davis and at first Weather Report was a direct extension of Miles' 'In A Silent Way'/ 'Bitches Brew' period.


    But when bassist Jaco Pastorius became a bandmember in 1976, Weather Report entered their most popular phase including the release of 'Black Market'.
    This sixth album is influenced greatly by African music. Combined with jazz we could describe this genre as world fusion.

    1. BLACK MARKET 06:30
    2. CANNON BALL 04:35
    3. GIBRALTAR 07:45


    1. ELEGANT PEOPLE 05:02
    2. THREE CLOWNS 03:14
    3. BARBARY COAST 03:05
    4. HERANDNU 06:35

    Weather Report
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    Sketches of Spain

    Ranked 356/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Davis Third and Final Pairing With Arranger Gil Evans Yields Watershed Innovations


    Sublime Sound: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Corrects the Dry Sound That Plagues Previous Editions


    Flamenco-Themed 1960 Set Develops Synergy Between Orchestrations and Melancholic Jazz Phrasings


    Urge by Davis to Develop Techniques Possessed by Forbearers Finds Him Expanding Palette, Spinning Webs of Lyrical Sound and Emotion


    Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, Four & More, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Miles Davis and Gil Evans bridged styles and collaborated on high-concept projects a total of three times during their celebrated career. For their final act, they created Sketches of Spain, a peak moment in each luminarys career and a transformative album that weds Spanish themes, lush orchestrations, romantic timbres, and Davis increasingly lyrical methods in a tender ceremony that continues to resonate more than five decades after its original release.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, the genre-defying 1960 classic has been given the ultimate white-gloves treatment. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this exquisite 180g LP significantly expands the soundstage that frames the orchestra and digs deep to eradicate a dryness that many critics have found as an anathema to its overall enjoyment. Here, at last, is the full-figured perspective long deserved by the woodwinds, strings, and percussion, all of which come alive with previously unheard definition and detail.


    Indeed, in its three-decade-plus history, Mobile Fidelity has never been prouder to have the honor of handling efforts as important as Davis key recordings. Its why the labels engineers have taken every available measure to insert listeners into the space occupied by Davis, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb, percussionist Elvin Jones, and the 18-piece orchestra. With both Evans and Davis attracted to the blues undercurrents permanently entrenched in the Spanish flamenco strains, listeners can finally wholly detect the myriad microdynamic tonalities, brooding ostinato devices, and minor pedal points that stamp the compositions with divine sensibility and goffered effect.


    Multi-note motifs, brief improvisational solos, fanfare sweeps, and contrapuntal exchanges inform the flamenco-spiced pieces, but so do unconventionally voiced instruments that come into full relief on this reissue. Davis Harmon-muted trumpet is abetted by an assortment of bassoons and French horns that create pleasing contrasts and sounds (pp, mf, ppp) that get to the heart of Sketches of Spain: splashes of color. Seldom, if ever, did Davis ever so expressively and liberally paint with color. And in Evans, he has a likewise-minded partner to help draw out variegated shades, adamantine layers, and striated distinctions.


    Whether its the somber mood piece of the standout Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio), renowned forDavis flugelhorn performance, or the folktale-based Solea, Mobile Fidelitys enhanced Sketches of Spain transfixes with playing, ideas, and innovations that remain exclusive to this incomparable record.


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    1. Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
    2. Will O the Wisp
    3. The Pan Piper
    4. Saeta
    5. Solea
    Miles Davis
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    Noumena

    San Francisco's The Drift create music that Tortoise should have made. Taking their name to heart, The Drift do just that - from ambient noise and elegant guitar rock to mournful jazz ballads and stunted, down-tempo hip-hop - all with the subtle grace that's to be expected from veterans of the sound. Existing somewhere between Miles Davis's In A Silent Way and Tarentel's From Bone To Satellite, The Drift compose predestined soundtracks for everyday life - not only perfect for a night on the beach, but just as suitable for the long drive getting there. Their music is inescapably passionate, executed with just enough wide-eyed improvisation to sound eternally fresh.
    1.Gardening, Not Architecture
    2.Invisible Cities
    3.Hearts Are Flowers
    4.Transatlantic
    5.Noumena - (vinyl only bonus track)
    6.Inconsistency Principle
    7.For Grace and Stars - (vinyl only bonus track)
    8.Fractured Then Gathered (Reprise)
    The Drift
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    Nefertiti

    Recorded in two days in the summer of 1967 Nefertiti is Miles Davis' last fully acoustic album, with no compositions from Miles himself. Most tracks are written by Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock.


    Best known for its unusual title track, where the horns keep repeating the melody and the rhythm section improvises (in stead of the other way around).


    Whilst an acoustic album, it does signals Miles' transition from bop to jazz fusion; a hint at the next albums Miles in the Sky and the critically acclaimed In A Silent Way.


    Rhythm section: Tony Williams & Ron Carter

    Side A

    1 Nefertiti

    2 Fall

    3 Hand Jive


     


    Side B

    1 Madness

    2 Riot

    3 Pinocchio

    Miles Davis
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    Bitches Brew: Live

    It has been said that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn't there to push it forward.


    Even if that isn't true, Miles Davis certainly was one of the greatest music innovators of the 20th century, pioneering Cool Jazz (with the 1949 recording of Birth Of The Cool), Modal Jazz (with 1959's Kind Of Blue) and Fusion with 1970's Bitches Brew.


    Bitches Brew Live contains recordings from two performances: the first three songs were recorded at his Newport Jazz performance in July 1969 - a couple of weeks before the Bitches Brew Sessions in August of that year - and have remained unissued till this day.


    Miles performs with Chick Corea on electric piano, Dave Holland on acoustic bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums; musicians who all went on to become leaders of the Fusion movement. (Wayne Shorter unfortunately missed this date because he was stuck in traffic.) The A1 track 'Miles Runs The Voodoo Down' is the first professionally live recorded version of this song.


    The other six songs were recorded at the Isle Of Wight festival in 1970,and contain 'Directions' and 'It's About That Time' from the In A Silent Way sessions.


    Included in this exclusive release is a 12 page booklet with a liner note essay by renowned music journalist Michael Azzerad, and a special etch on the D side.

    Side 1

    1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down

    2. Sanctuary

    3. It's About That Time/The Theme


    Side 2

    1. Directions

    2. Bitches Brew


    Side 3
    1. It's About That Time

    2. Sanctuary

    3. Spanish Key

    4. The Theme


    D-Side is etched

    Miles Davis
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  • Milestones (Mono) Milestones (Mono) Quick View

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    Milestones (Mono)

    Masterwork is Oft-Overlooked Link Between Round About Midnight and Kind of Blue


    Vanguard Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Presents The 1958 Standard with Unparalleled Sound Quality


    In MONO You Will Not Hear a Better Analog Edition


    Only Record to Feature Davis Original Sextet, Including Rhythm Section of Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones


    Title Track Stands as First-Ever Modal Composition Even as Blues and Hard-Bop Flavors Make LP One of Davis Most Explosive Affairs


    Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Round About Midnight, Four & More, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet. He made every moment count. Pairing with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, the trumpeter not only laid the groundwork for the modalism that immediately followed but tailored a genuine modern-jazz masterwork laden with performances among the most explosive of his distinguished career. Due to its sandwiched position between the more famous Round About Midnight and epochal Kind of Blue, Milestones remains, for too many music lovers, an overlooked classic.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Milestones has been restored to mono for the first time as to expose the records standing as one of the all-time great jazz efforts.Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g mono LP edition grants each musician their own space in a well-defined, broadened soundstage. Colors, shapes, and dimensions appear in the manner they do when beheld from behind a studio-control rooms window.


    Davis burnished trumpet? Rendered in three-dimensional perspective, coaxing his mates out to play with unburdened zest and commotion. Coltranes trademark saxophone? Witness it in life-size proportion, his solos working in tandem with and against the driving rhythms. Garlands swaggering piano lines? Visualize the 88 keys as he hits full stride, the chords and fills slithering around skeletal frameworks.


    If anything, Milestones is as famous for its title track as the players that produced it. The launching pad for many of Davis (and later, his contemporaries) improvisational flights, the singular piece invites the tessellated explorations Coltrane would forever chase as well as the headliners argyle solo work, who broaches territories that far exceed what he had done with his bop-rooted past. Every song is a highlight, whether its the bravado No Jackle, featuring a hot-foot pace and bebop strains, or Sids Ahead, which continues the albums blues theme while tossing around edgy harmonics and inside-out structures.


    Then theres Straight, No Chaser, the absolutely definitive rendition of Thelonious Monks signature piece. Coltranes marbled playing pulls at the tunes lobed borders, Adderley takes liberty with solos, and Davis dances around his mates, at one point quoting When the Saints Go Marching In while demonstrating his knowledge of tradition and eye towards the future. A milestone if there ever was. And now, in resplendent mono.


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    1. Dr. Jackle
    2. Sids Ahead
    3. Two Bass Hit
    4. Milestones
    5. Billy Boy
    6. Straight, No Chaser
    Miles Davis
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    Four & More

    Exhilarating and Immediate: Live Set Documents One of Davis Final Excursions With a Program of Standards


    Hear the Interior of Philharmonic Hall at New Yorks Lincoln Center Come Alive: Mobile Fidelitys Fastidious Reissue Illuminates Venue Acoustics, Musicians Phrasings


    Whirlwind Uptempo Pace Prodded by Tenor Saxophonist George Coleman and Drummer Tony Williams


    Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Given his gargantuan recorded output, Miles Davis seldom abandoned a conceptual vision in the studio, particularly after the turn of the 1960s. Which makes a live document such as Four & More all the more valuable for the manner in which it portrays the legendary trumpeter removed from thematic demands and interior confines, and instead letting loose onstage with a program of stellar material that hed soon abandon in favor of experimentalism.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Four & More engages with electrifying speed and palpable punch, the effort now claiming vastly improved imaging, deeper soundstaging, and startling clarity. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed analog edition teems with the urgency demonstrated by Davis and his band notes flooding the listener with an attack only possible from sound featuring full frequency extension, tremendous spacing, and you-are-there immediacy.


    Recorded on February 12, 1964 in Philharmonic Hall at New Yorks Lincoln Center, Four & More bookends My Funny Valentine. Whereas the latter spotlights ballads, this thrilling souvenir is all about quick tempos, rushing solos, left-hook rhythms, and hard-bop grooves. Drawing largely on mid- and late-1950s material, Davis accompanied by bassist Ron Carter, drummer Tony Williams, saxophonist George Coleman, and pianist Herbie Hancock approaches standards such as So What, Seven Steps to Heaven, and Four with biting tenacity and furious passion, the individual themes racing by as the collective barges in to take rapid, punctuation-asserting solos.


    Few, if any, live Davis performances match the hurricane-generating intensity and dynamic aggressiveness captured here. One reason for the vigor? Davis waived he and his musicians fees for the concert, taking place under the auspices of a political benefit, a decision that angered some of his sidemen. Whatever the cause, Hancock swings, Coleman flexes muscles, Carter bows instructive passages, and the 19-year-old phenom Williams throws down with breathtaking agility. Amidst the melodic tangents and galloping exchanges, the quintet retains gripping control, with eight-bar dialogues between the instrumentalists and positive vamps supplying cues and endings.


    At last, these historic recordings are afforded the breathing room and acoustic perspective they've always deserved. For listeners that may be unfamiliar with this title, prepare to be blown away literally and figuratively. Aficionados know what to expect on the music front, but Mobile Fidelitys 180g LP reissue ratchets up the thrills by several levels. Don't miss this gem.


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    1. So What
    2. Walkin
    3. Joshua
    4. Go-Go
    5. Four
    6. Seven Steps to Heaven
    7. There Is No Greater Love
    8. Go-Go
    Miles Davis
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  • Weather Report Weather Report Quick View

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    Weather Report


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes By Bernie Grundman


    Pressed On 180gram Audiophile-grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    Winner Of The Swing Journal Grand Prix Award And Jazz Album Of The Year From Downbeat Magazine


    "One of the most impressive debuts of all time by a jazz group." - AllMusic.com


    Here we have the free-floating, abstract beginnings of
    Weather Report, which would define the state of the
    electronic jazz/rock art from its first note almost to its
    last. Their first album is a direct extension of the Miles
    Davis In a Silent Way/Bitches Brew period, more fluid
    in sound and more volatile in interplay. All Music calls
    it one of the most impressive debuts of all time by a
    jazz group. Weather Report is getting new life with
    this incredible pressing. Mastered from original tapes
    at 45rpm, and pressed on two 180 gram audiophile-grade vinyl. This is the essential edition of this album.

    1. Milky Way
    2. Umbrellas
    3. Seventh Arrow
    4. Orange Lady
    5. Morning Lake
    6. Waterfall
    7. Tears
    8. Eurydice
    Weather Report
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    Round About Midnight (Out Of Stock)

    Hipness Personified: Davis Columbia Records Debut Highlights His Diverse Palette and Famed Quintet


    Lifelike Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Presents This Standard with a Dynamic Sound That Allows You to Picture Davis Mouth as He Blows Harmon-Muted Trumpet


    Blowing Cool and Hot Jazz: Quintet Plays Reflective Ballads, Pop Standards, and Fervent Bop on One of Eras Only Complete Start-to-Finish Full-Length LPs


    Sketches of Spain, Milestones, Kind of Blue, Four & More, and In a Silent Way Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Miles Davis first album for Columbia, Round About Midnight, represents both the beginning of a three-plus-decade relationship with the famed label as well as the start of an extended collaboration with then-unknown saxophonist John Coltrane. As one of the eras only complete start-to-finish full-length LPs, the 1957 set stands as a hard-bop benchmarka summation of the styles that came before its creation, an immersion into the periods cutting-edge strains, and a hint of the rivoluse modalism that would follow.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Round About Midnight now resonates with a physical palpability and emotional heft never before experienced. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g LP edition traces the individual paths each musician takes in contributing to the whole, whether its pianist Red Garlands left hand spinning actinoid chords or Coltrane infusing a tune with harmony-defying fills that suggest arabesque patterns. Recorded at three separate sessions, the music has never sounded so cohesive, immediate, or involving.


    Historically, few jazz records claim the significance boasted by Round About Midnight. The albums creationand the assembly of Davis quintet, which also includes Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jonesstems from the headliners rousing rendition of the title-inspired track, Round Midnight, a Thelonious Monk standard, at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival. Stunning the audience with an interpretation that witnessed him personalize the composition with a brooding tone made possible via employment of his soon-to-be-trademark Harmon mute, Davis redefined perspective and possibility, taking ownership of the ballad as his own, and further improving upon its reach in the studio. It wasnt the composers only surprise.


    'Round About Midnight thrives due to diversity and consistency, a rare combination epitomized by the first-rate selection and astonishing performance of pensive ballads, bebop classics, pop standards, and folk pieces. Witness the counterpoint exchanges during Ah-Leu-Cha and its Dixieland shades. Soak up the progressive drama and swinging tempos on All of You and Bye Bye Blackbird. Delight in the mÉlange of latticed textures and schematic moods throughout the sequence, here presented in gorgeous fidelity, zeroing in on Davis warm, plush, rich, and close-up trumpet timbres and how, by playing his instrument right near the microphone, he infuses the arrangements with the sort of daring intimacy embraced by two lovers.


    Tension, suggestiveness, calm, mystery, nostalgia: All here. Gather now, Round About Midnight. Slip on a pair of shades, draw the curtains, slouch into a chair, and light a cigarette. This is Miles and Co. at their best. Hipness personified.


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    1. Round Midnight
    2. Ah-Leu-Cha
    3. All of You
    4. Bye Bye Blackbird
    5. Tadds Delight
    6. Dear Old Stockholm
    Miles Davis
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    Head Hunters (Out Of Stock)


    Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-Lamination Tip-On Jacket


    Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!


    There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.


    In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer, and later on he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.


    Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded Head Hunters. Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).


    Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and hip-hop.


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    1. Chameleon
    2. Watermelon Man
    3. Sly
    4. Vein Melter
    Herbie Hancock
    $39.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    Head Hunters (45 RPM) (Out Of Stock)

    Herbie Hancock's Masterpiece, Now Cut At 45 RPM!


    The Second Highest-Selling Jazz Album Of All Time!


    Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-Lamination Tip-On Jacket


    Double LP 200-Gram Discs Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!


    There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.


    In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti, and Sorcerer, and later on, he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.


    Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973 in San Francisco, recorded Head Hunters.


    Head Hunters became not only Hancock's best-selling album but also the second highest selling jazz album of all time (at last RIAA count). It was in 1973 that he gathered a new band to combine electric music with funk, perhaps best exemplified in the pop music of Sly Stone.


    Hancock took over all synthesizer duties, along with Fender Rhodes and clavinet and was backed by bass and drums. The opening bars of Watermelon Man with Bill Summers blowing into a beer bottle, along with the band's funky grooves and new electric sounds, captured the crossover fans who had otherwise avoided buying jazz records.


    Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront of jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).


    Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Chameleon
    2. Watermelon Man
    3. Sly
    4. Vein Melter
    Herbie Hancock
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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