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Monday, September 28, 2009


320 KBPS

Centered around some soundtrack music that Herbie Hancock wrote for Bill Cosby's Fat Albert cartoon show, Fat Albert Rotunda was Hancock's first full-fledged venture into jazz-funk — and his last until Head Hunters — making it a prophetic release. At the same time, it was far different in sound from his later funk ventures, concentrating on a romping, late-'60s-vintage R&B-oriented sound. with frequent horn riffs and great rhythmic comping and complex solos from Hancock's Fender Rhodes electric piano. The syllables of the titles alone — "Wiggle Waggle," "Fat Mama," "Oh! Oh! Here He Comes" — have a rhythm and feeling that tell you exactly how this music saunters and swaggers along — just like the jolly cartoon character. But there is more to this record than fatback funk. There is the haunting, harmonically sophisticated "Tell Me a Bedtime Story" (which ought to become a jazz standard), and the similarly relaxed "Jessica." The sextet on hand is a star-studded bunch, with Joe Henderson in funky and free moods on tenor sax, Johnny Coles on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone, Buster Williams on bass, and Albert "Tootie" Heath on drums. Only Williams would remain for Hancock's 1977 electric V.S.O.P.: The Quintet album to come. In addition, trumpeter Joe Newman, saxophonist Joe Farrell, guitarist Eric Gale, and drummer Bernard Purdie make guest appearances on two tracks.

1. Wiggle Waggle
2. Fat Mama
3. Tell Me A Bedtime Story
4. Oh! Oh! Here He Comes
5. Jessica
6. Fat Albert Rotunda
7. Lil' Brother


Anonymous said...

first of all, sorry for the offtopic.

now please help me :)

for a half an hour or so i'm trying to find the blog from where i get "a perfect circle - 3 libras (acoustic)". the acoustic part is very important :). i'm sure that the girl's blog was in your blogroll (i'm talking about the my opera blog). do you know what the link is?

p.s. do you like this?:)

Mr Moodswings said...

Honestly, I have no idea which blog it could be... Sorry.

Your tango video was quite nice but I prefer my tango with a little jazz inside (aka Astor). Still, not bad at all.

Anonymous said...

sorry to insist, but maybe you'll remember. i think her name was sheila or something like that and you said about her something like "she doesn't have bad taste in music".

negus said...

I didn't know an 'Hancock' so old... But it is TERRIFIC!
Thanx a lot for this post!

Mr Moodswings said...

Indeed Negus, indeed. ;)

@ Anonymous
I'm pretty sure I remember which blog you're talking about. It wasn't on blogspot or myopera though and since I lost all the links when I got kicked out from myopera, I'm afraid I can't help. Sorry.