The Headhunters: Herbie Hancock (not on this album), Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Bill Summers, Bennie Maupin, Harvey Mason. Profile: The Headhunters represented a major turning point for Herbie Hancock, whose approach to fusion became slicker and more commercial (though not without substance or integrity) with the formation of this popular band in 1973.
Survival of the Fittest (The Headhunters album). Survival of the Fittest is the debut album by the Jazz/Funk quintet The Headhunters. The album was released by Arista Records in 1975. The album features the stand out track "God Make Me Funky", which has been sampled numerous times by prominent rappers. Labeled as "the best space-funk album" in the CD version, released by BMG France, in 2001.
In 1975, Herbie Hancock's group the Headhunters, which brought him immense success at the time, released their first solo album. Produced by Hancock, but without his participation, the lineup features the Thrust group of Mike Clark on drums, Paul Jackson on bass, Bill Summers on percussion, and Bennie Maupin on various reeds, plus new guitarist DeWayne "Blackbird" McKnight, who toured with Hancock and performed on the Man-Child and Flood albums.
In 1975, The Headhunters recorded Survival of the Fittest, their first album without Hancock. The album contained a hit, "God Make Me Funky" which was sampled by the Fugees and others. On some re-issues of the album, the band's music is called space funk. The following album Straight from the Gate was released in 1977. As the 1970s turned to the 1980s, Hancock drifted away from the band as he moved into his electro-oriented phase, and they ceased operation as a visible unit. The band reunited with Hancock for the 1998 album Return of the Headhunters.
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Survival of the Fittest is the debut album by the Jazz/Funk quintet The Headhunters. A digipack that includes liner-notes in English and French. This CD version was digitally remastered from the original master tapes in 24-bit by Jean-Pierre Chalbos.
Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample). The bands survival without Herbie's presence and the survival of their roots in African music as well. This is not just an excellent jazz funk album. It's music that creates it's own world that the listener can swim in like a fresh water ocean.
Survival of the Fittest is a funk jazz music album recording by THE HEADHUNTERS released in 1975 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette. The Headhunters rate along side The Meters and The JBs when it comes to the Godfathers of funk jazz, but The Headhunters have the edge when it comes to the more extended jazz influenced jams. Also, due to their ultra technical drummer, Mike Clark, The Headhunters take on the funk is jazzy and abstract in a style where the beat constantly turns around and shifts in unpredictable directions.