was a crossover hit thanks to its marriage of traditional jazz and the funk sounds of James Brown, and Sly Stone. Uncut
magazine asked Herbie Hancock what inspired Head Hunters
' mix of the two genres? He replied; "Two things. One was my own background living in Chicago, which is a blues town. When I was a kid, even though my parents would play classical music on the radio, they also played jazz records, and of course I heard R&B records, which were a part of my generation at that time growing up in the '40s. So that was my roots."
"But also there was Sly Stone with 'Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
' and James Brown that I was listening to in the early '70s. At a certain point I felt the need to play music that was more tethered, something that was more earthy. It was certainly a new approach for me and I didn't realise that I was carving out new territory."