The Headhunters

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The Headhunters
Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters 1975.JPG
Background information
GenresJazz fusion
Years active1973–present
LabelsColumbia, Verve Forecast, Basin Street, P-Vine, Owl Studios
Past members

The Headhunters were an American jazz-fusion band formed by Herbie Hancock in 1973. The group fused jazz, funk, and rock music.

History (and name)[edit]

Hancock had grown dissatisfied with his prior band, Mwandishi, and wanted to make a band with a stronger funk component.[1] He chose the name of the group, "Headhunters", while doing Buddhist chanting.[1] The name pleased him because it made a triple reference to the jungle, to intellectual concerns, and to sexual activity.[1]

In 1973, the band comprised Hancock (keyboards), Bennie Maupin (saxophone, clarinet), Harvey Mason (drums), Paul Jackson (bass), and Bill Summers (percussion). Their first album, Head Hunters, sold more than one million copies.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
Jazz

(Trad)
[3]
US
Jazz

(Cont)
[3]
Head Hunters
(Herbie Hancock album)
Thrust
(Herbie Hancock album)
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: Columbia
Survival of the Fittest
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: Arista
126 12
Straight from the Gate
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: Arista
Return of the Headhunters!
(with Herbie Hancock)
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Verve
9
Evolution Revolution
Platinum
Speakers in the House
  • Release date: 2018
  • Label: The Headhunters (Self-released)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
On Top: Live in Europe
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: BHM Productions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shteamer, Hank (2020-04-12). "Flashback: Herbie Hancock Scores a Jazz-Funk Smash With 'Head Hunters'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-12-26.
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "The Headhunters | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Peak chart positions for albums and singles charting on the United States charts:

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