Label: Mercury - PHCR-1280,Verve Records - PHCR-1280 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Jazz • Style: Acid Jazz
In the s, Herbie Hancock created a successful blend of jazz improvisation and contemporary funk rhythms in a succession of albums beginning with the classic Head Hunters. On Dis Is Da DrumHancock once again takes a dive into contemporary rhythms, in this case mid-'90s hip-hop. While the blend was not as commercially successful this time around as his crossover forays of twenty years earlier had been, the resulting music still proves to be well worth checking out.
Employing cohorts like Bennie MaupinWah Wah Watson and Come And See Me - Herbie Hancock - Dis Is Da Drum Bill Summers from the old days, and combining them with a huge roster of contemporary jazz, rap and hip-hop musicians, Hancock creates a surprising album full of samples, sequences, drum loops, and rhythm armies.
Layered across the top are a variety of solos from Hancock himself, flutist Hubert Lawstrumpeter Wallace Roneysaxophonist Maria Visste Du - Magnus Carlsson - Julen Med Dig and vocal snippets from various sources. The release of this album was delayed because of disagreements between the artist and his record company over the final mixes.
It is, nonetheless, a recording that rewards repeated listening, from the updated version of "Butterfly," which made its first appearance on 's Thrustto such irresistible gems as "Mojuba," "Bo Ba Be Da" and the title track.
Not for jazzers whose ears and minds are Pretty Gina - Dorn - Withinbetween to new sounds and ideas, but proof that jazz is a continually evolving music capable of absorbing the sounds of each new era and expanding its vocabulary as a result.
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