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Secrets (Herbie Hancock album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1976
RecordedSan Francisco, CA
GenreJazz fusion, Jazz-funk[1]
ProducerDavid Rubinson, Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(not rated)[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

Secrets is a jazz-funk fusion album by keyboard player Herbie Hancock. It is also Hancock's seventeenth album overall. Participating musicians include saxophonist Bennie Maupin and guitarist Wah Wah Watson.

The album clearly followed from its predecessor Man-Child. As ever, Paul Jackson's basslines were critical, and the other regular member Bennie Maupin continued to provide most of the solos alongside Hancock. Man-Child had seen the addition of electric guitar to Hancock's sound, and Secrets saw the guitar's place in the arrangements rise to crucial importance throughout. The flamboyant rhythm guitar contributions of top Motown session musician Wah Wah Watson are a particularly notable feature of the album.

Whereas Man-Child was evenly divided between up-tempo and laid-back tracks, Secrets emphasized the more mellow, softly rounded mood. Even the more up-tempo tracks, "Doin' It" and "Cantelope Island" (a remake of Hancock's 1964 composition), are suffused with a relaxed Caribbean influence, and overall the album tends towards restrained, rolling grooves rather than overtly high-energy funk. Appropriately, Hancock spent much of his time using the mellow tones of the Fender Rhodes piano, and took advantage of new polyphonic synthesizers to contribute thick pads, foreshadowing ambient music.

Although summery and mellow, the album was far from lounge music, with some extremely abstract and intense sections, particular in the latter half; it is also entirely instrumental beside the "Jus' keep on doin' it" chants of the opening track. Subsequent Hancock albums saw the addition of more vocoded lead vocals and disco influences.

The Secrets line-up performed "Spider" (from this LP) and "Hang Up Your Hang-Ups" (from Man-Child) at the V.S.O.P. concert in the summer of 1976.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Doin' It" (Melvin Ragin, Ray Parker Jr.) – 8:03
  2. "People Music" (Herbie Hancock, Ragin, Paul Jackson) – 7:11
  3. "Cantelope Island" [sic] (Hancock) – 7:06
  4. "Spider" (Ragin, Hancock, Jackson) – 7:21
  5. "Gentle Thoughts" (Hancock, Ragin) – 7:05
  6. "Swamp Rat" (Jackson, Hancock, Ragin) – 6:26
  7. "Sansho Shima" (Bennie Maupin) – 4:50



  1. ^ "Secrets - Herbie Hancock". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Secrets - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  3. ^ Silvert, Conrad (2011). "Herbie Hancock: Secrets : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 94. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 644. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.