Thrust (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 6, 1974
RecordedAugust 1974
StudioWally Heider Studios, San Francisco; Different Fur Music, San Francisco
ProducerDavid Rubinson, Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
Death Wish
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[5]
Tom HullB+[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3.5/4 stars[7]

Thrust is a studio album by American jazz-funk musician Herbie Hancock, released in September 1974 on Columbia Records.[8] The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart.[9][10]


Thrust was produced by David Rubinson and Herbie Hancock.[8]


Actual Proof was covered by Roberta Piket and the Peter Trio. Butterfly has also been covered by Norman Connors, Scott Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Toto, Azymuth, and by the Robert Glasper Experiment.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

A variation of the composition "Palm Grease" was used in the 1974 vigilante film Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson.

The composition "Actual Proof" was originally written for the 1973 film The Spook Who Sat by the Door, and Hancock has used it as a demonstration of his style of playing the Fender Rhodes piano.[12]

The composition "Butterfly" would subsequently be performed on the live album Flood, and two other studio releases: Direct Step and Dis Is da Drum.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Herbie Hancock except as indicated

1."Palm Grease" 10:38
2."Actual Proof" 9:42
3."Butterfly"Hancock, Bennie Maupin11:17
4."Spank-a-Lee"Hancock, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson7:12




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  2. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Herbie Hancock: Thrust". Allmusic.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. U.S.: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 94. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Eggert, Ester (September 5, 2004). "Herbie Hancock: Thrust". All About Jazz.
  6. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Herbie Hancock". Tom Hull. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  7. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 642. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  8. ^ a b c d Herbie Hancock:. Columbia Records. September 1974.
  9. ^ "Herbie Hancock: Thrust (Top Soul Albums)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Herbie Hancock: Thrust (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Herbie Hancock: Thrust".
  12. ^ Fender Audio Archive