I'd like to give you another Jazz Record For The Day. Return of the Blog. Today's album is Thrust by Herbie Hancock. It was the go-to CD while I was in LA, perfect for crusing around the valley with nowhere to go. Also sets nice to Lake Shore Drive back here in Chicago, even with the lake frozen over. Herbie put out Thrust as a follow-up to Head Hunters - not an easy task. The record starts with a Mike Clark beat, one of the funkiest in recorded history, proceeds to add a nasty Paul Jackson bassline and continues funkiness throughout. There are only 4 tunes on this album, so it's a good idea to listen to it over and over and over and over again. The second tune, Actual Proof, was done in one take and got its name subsequently, after the Buddhist concept. The third cut, Butterfly, showed up in the 5th edition Real Book - you cats know what I'm talking about. It is a beautiful funk-ballad, ideal for melting into the couch. The album wraps up with Spank-A-Lee, another up-tempo funktastic mind-blower. Thrust came out in 1974, right after 73's Head Hunters. It has become my belief that all western popular music peaked in 1973, there are plenty of examples to support the argument, i.e. Dark Side Of The Moon, Innervisions, The Payback..., I'd like to know what other folks think.
Here are some other stylistic peaks:
Baroque - 1720
Jazz - 1959
Rock/Pop/Funk/R&B - 1973
Hip Hop - 1993