Hancock reimagines Headhunters for summer shows
Few things in jazz are more confusing than keeping up with the personnel of the on again off again group The Headhunters. Sometimes Herbie's involved, sometime's he's the leader, sometimes he's not part of the band at all. And I don't think any of the people on this list were on the last Headhunters record (the one on Basin Street). And for those of you surfing the web via wi-fi in Starbucks, yes, you can get Herbie's new record as soon as it's released and get a Frapuccino while you're at it.
By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has restaffed his famed Headhunters ensemble with a host of notable names and will take the band on the road for four shows this summer.
Anchoring the collective on piano, the artist will be joined by guitarists John Mayer and Lionel Loueke, bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and percussionist Munyungo Jackson.
Meanwhile, Hancock is gearing up for the Aug. 30 release of his next studio album, "Possibilities," which, will be released simultaneously to Starbucks locations and traditional retail via Vector Recordings.
The album's list of guest contributors, which already counts Mayer, Sting, Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana, Damien Rice and Trey Anastasio, has grown to include Paul Simon and Angelique Kidjo. Among the confirmed tracks is a Sting/Hancock interpretation of the former's "Sister Moon," from the 1987 album "Nothing Like the Sun."
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