Thrust – Herbie Hancock ( Columbia / 1974 )

The follow-up album to Head Hunters turned out to be another masterpiece and became just as successful as it’s predecessor. The relaxed interplay goes on with almost the same lineup. Only Mike Clark replaces Harvey Mason on drums, and blends the game with ease with his solid style. Clark and Summer’s synergy contributes so much to the funky favorite tune Palm Grease. Improving the sophisticated musical experimentation he started with the previous album, Herbie Hancock proves that extended free soloing can be as entertaining as catchy themes. We love the atmospherically chilled Butterfly, one of his greatest pieces of all times. Captured by the beautiful synthesizer solos, the deep bass of Paul Jackson and the amazing sound of Bennie Maupin’s bass clarinet-sax duo, you just don’t want it to end.

Track Listing :

1. Palm Grease  10:38
2. Actual Proof  9:42
3. Butterfly 11:17
4. Spank-A-Lee (Hancock, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson) 7:12

Musicians / Personnel :

Herbie Hancock – Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hohner D-6 Clavinet, ARP Odyssey, ARP Soloist, ARP 2600, ARP String Ensemble
Bennie Maupin – soprano and tenor saxophone, saxello, bass clarinet, alto flute
Paul Jackson – electric bass
Mike Clark – drums
Bill Summers – percussion
Producer: David Rubinson & Herbie Hancock
Engineer: [Recording] – Fred Catero
Cover: Rob Springett
Recorded at: Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco

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