Herbie Hancock
Man-Child


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
March 6th, 2007 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist


During Herbie Hancock's phase with his side band “the headhunters” this is without a doubt the bands most funkiest album that the band has produced. Man Child shows Herbie and the Headhunters slightly drifting away from their more jazz oriented roots into a more funk-fusion sort of sound. Herbie's keyboard playing is as lively as ever and Melvin “wah wah” Watsons electric guitar playing makes its heaviest contribution yet.

Hang Up Your Hang Ups kicks off the album with that keyboard/guitar influenced sound I was talking about. Hancock's keyboard playing gently floats over Watsons funk dosed guitar noodlings. A brigade of saxophones occasionally make their way into the music delicately weaving in and out of the bouncy keyboard and guitar lines. Basically the song is a loose jam session held by the headhunters but it sure is some of the smoothest and catchiest funk music that I’ve ever heard.

Man Child really seems like a relaxed jam session and although that sounds like a bad thing it’s actually quite refreshing. Wayne Shorters mesmerizing solo on the most subdued track on the album, Bubbles is very calm while still being vibrant and interesting. Hancock backs up Shorters solo with extremely chilled out electric piano chords. Bubbles showcases how The Headhunters can write a slow, poignant number while keeping the music interesting and organic.

The rest of Man-Child is straight up funk music, if you’re looking for more jazz oriented Herbie then do not look here. The songs range from the fleeting electric keyboard grooves n Heartbeat to the quick, playful bass slapping found on Steppin ‘in It. Every song just sounds so glossy and elegant, the silky smooth production gives the music a very ethereal type of sound.

Out off all of the albums Herbie has done with The Headhunters this is by far and away the most groove and funk oriented album that they have ever put out. There are no excruciating solos or dissonant chords, it’s just Hancock and the boys playing funk the way it should be. While many critics claim that albums such as Thrust and Headhunters are superior to Man-Child I disagree. Man-Child possesses a more ethereal and calm sound while remaining an energetic and electrifying sound. If you’re new to funk or Herbie Hancock then Man-Child is an excellent album to start with since it’s an accessible, colorful, and energetic listen.



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Zebra
Moderator
March 6th 2007


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know what it is but I've been listening to non stop Herbie Hanock for the past few days.

The Door Mouse
March 6th 2007


2092 Comments


Oh the Z man is tearing up Herbie.

Zebra
Moderator
March 6th 2007


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=plath]I really want to hear a full Herbie Hancock album since he's played with just about 50% of the musicians that I love, but right now I have way too much on my plate. Excellent review, quite vivid.[/quote] You should listen to one now because they're totally awesome!
[quote=plath]p.s. how come you write "Hancocks" instead of "Hancock's"? It's been puzzling me for a while now.[/quote] I don't know what you're talking about

Sepstrup
March 7th 2007


1563 Comments


I think we analyzed Hang Up Your Hangups in my music class. Herbie Hancock is awesome. I need some of his albums, probably.

clairvoyant
May 28th 2010


765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic album. i still think Thrust is the best headhunters album, but really, all 3 are classic

jefflebowski
October 6th 2011


8243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I actually prefer this to headhunters

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HectorRios
November 7th 2012


44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Herbie Hancock Can Never Really Go Wrong! This Album Is Amazing, i guess i'm too biased to funk.

Crymsonblaze
November 7th 2012


7480 Comments


It's JOHN Hancock

ButteryBiscuitBass
January 4th 2013


10009 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome grooves.



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