LDB Special Series #254

Out of my 7,000+ shows and radio broadcasts, I have many concerts that were special for some reasons: the setlist, the
musicians, the venue or unexpected events. These are the ones I'd like to propose you. Most of these come from my
cassettes collection, so they will be released at a slower pace than my Master Series! But you won't be disappointed!
I will try to gather the most unusual things I have in my collection and, as always, your feedback and comments will be my
reward for all the work involved in this project.

DO NOT share this music on mp3, just convert it for your own use. Sharing mp3's is the right way to make me stop sharing
music here.


Before and after the Headhunters

Boston, Jazz Workshop
March 21, 1973
WBCN broadcast

01.Introduction / Hidden Shadows

TT 65:23

Herbie Hancock: keyboards, electric piano, piano
Bennie Maupin: tenor saxophone, saxello, flute, bass clarinet, piccolo
Eddie Henderson: trumpet, fluegelhorn
Julian Priester: trombone
Buster Williams: bass
Billy Hart: drums
Dr.Patrick Gleeson: ARP Synths, congas

Boston, Jazz Workshop
November 13, 1973
WBCN broadcast

03.Watermelon Man

(from master)

Herbie Hancock: keyboards, electric piano
Bennie Maupin: tenor saxophone, saxello, flute, bass clarinet, piccolo
Paul Jackson: electric bass
Mike Clark: drums

Lineage: WBCN broadcast > CD in trade > EAC > SoundForge 7.0 > FLAC Frontend (level 6)

This one is a kind of historical and marks the passage between the experimental, post-Miles, heavily influenced by
Weather Report mark I music and the Headhunters record that marked both a turning point in Herbie's careeer and more
in general for the 70's music scene.

As Herbie stated "I began to feel that I had been spending so much time exploring the upper atmosphere of music and
the more ethereal kind of far-out spacey stuff. Now there was this need to take some more of the earth and to feel a
little more tethered; a connection to the earth....I was beginning to feel that we (the sextet) were playing this
heavy kind of music, and I was tired of everything being heavy. I wanted to play something lighter."

It all happened within months: at the beginning of 1973, the band was still heavily marked by albums such as Mwandishi
playing as a septet since a couple of years. By mid-1973, Hancock was in the studio recording his Headhunters masterpiece
radically changing his style. By the fall, he would tour with the new line-up, now reduced to a quartet which was the
ideal set-up for a lighter, yet tighter-rhythm based music.

You can hear this transition in these two shows, recorded (apperently) in the same town, same venue. Some doubts about
the second show on both the venue (Jazz Workshop or Pall's Mall?) and the month (October or November?). This is how I
received it and given the trusted source I had it, I believe these are the correct infos. There is an October 13th show
still running here http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=294063 but I believe that this is the same show as
November 13th. This one, although it misses DJ's intro is definetely from a different source and it sounds better to my
ears. For completists I also include two tracks taken from a later re-broadcast from the master.

Both shows are magnificent, you will enjoy them, I am sure!