UPDATE 10/11/13: It appears the the video has been removed from youtube, but I have re-uploaded the .MP4 video download.
Another uncirculated video of Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters? Last year, we brought you the uncirculated Musikladen 1974 footage. This year, we bring you footage from 1976 on the Don Kirshner’s New Rock Concert TV show.
This lineup of the Headhunters includes original members Bennie Maupin (playing a Lyricon) and the black octopus himself, Paul Jackson, on bass. We also have Wah Wah Watson on guitar and James Levi on drums. And of course Mr. Herbie Hancock on an array of state of the art keyboards. We also get a rare chance to see/hear Herbie singing without a vocodor!
Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters 10/20/76 Don Kirshner’s New Rock Concert
Gentle Thoughts, Doin’ It, Hang Up Your Hang Ups:
The DVD download is here (it includes the full TV episode, including some bad ’70’s pop rock group called England Dan & John Ford Coley). The download of the edited .MP4 file is here (1.82gb).
What you see on youtube above is the complete footage.
Now cross your fingers that some video footage exists of the brief 1977 Headhunters lineup with Jaco Pastorius on bass.
So, we’ve been waiting exactly 11 years for D’Angelo to make his comeback. Some of us kept the faith, while others lost it at various points over the past decade. For me, it was merely a matter of patience. I knew he’d be back eventually. And if I ever needed a reminder i’d just pull out a live recording of his Voodoo Tour with The Soultronics to dismiss any of my doubts.
Lately, we’ve begun to hear rumblings of a come back, with live dates booked and selling out in Europe for late January and early February 2012. Then Questloveinformed us that the tour is real, that Pino Palladino and Chris Dave just committed, and that D’s new album is 97% done and has to be turned in to the record label 3 days before Christmas.
I also took the audience shot video and synced it up the FM audio. The full video can be downloaded in DVD format here or you can view it on youtube in 4 parts below. Now we just cross our fingers that the tour goes off without a hitch and that some new live recordings show up. Oh, and fingers crossed that the tour continues in the U.S. and that the album actually gets released, finally!
Before you watch this first video, read this except from D’Angelo’s recent interview for GQ Magazine: He was beginning to sense a darkness beckoning. He recalls a particular moment onstage at the North Sea Jazz festival in 2000. The band was in the middle of “Devil’s Pie,” his song about the spell fame casts upon the weak—Who am I to justify / All the evil in our eye / When I myself feel the high / From all that I despise—when he felt an ominous presence in the crowd. “That night I felt something that was like, whoa,” he tells me. E-vil.
(1 of 4) Devil’s Pie > Funk Jam > Send It On:
(2 of 4) Feel Like Makin Love > Chicken Grease:
(3 of 4) Shit Damn Motherfucker, Brown Sugar Interlude > Untitled (How Does It Feel?):
(4 of 4) Lady > Funk Jam > Jonz In My Bonz > Funk Jam:
D’Angelo: vocals, keyboards
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson: drums
Frankie “Knuckles” Walker: percussion
Pino Palladino: bass
June Bervine (or sometimes James Poyser): keyboards
C. Edward “Spanky” Alford & Samuel “Norris” Jones: guitars
Anthony Hamilton, Shelby Johnson & Jack King: background vocals
Jacques “Brother Jacques” Schwarz-Bart: tenor saxophone
Russell Gunn (or sometimes Roy Hargrove): trumpet
Frank “Root” Lacy: trombone & trumpet
When we left Atlanta on Friday morning, our goal was to arrive at Bear Creek Music Festival, set up camp, and get our asses down to the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio set at 3pm. After some fast driving and an even faster tent set up, we set out to explore the magical Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park with time to spare.
As we exited the campground area, I encountered the Big IV Ampitheater for the first time. I had seen pictures and heard stories, but now I was able to truly appreciate the wonder of this small piece of earth they call Suwannee. At that point in time, the Spam Allstars were on-stage with Pee Wee Ellis guesting.
As I pulled out my video camera to shoot my first video of the weekend, they began the James Brown classic, Cold Sweat! I started shooting immediately, then decided to try out my new press pass to enter the pit area. You can see at the end of the video as I try to enter and security informs me that my press pass only allows access to the pit during the first 3 songs of each set. Turned away, I stopped filming in order to better absorb this magical place with my own senses, rather than the camera. Accordingly, this particular video is less than 3 minutes long, but it shows some of the vibe on this Friday afternoon.
Bear Creek is like late night at New Orleans Jazz Fest on steroids. You have to walk away from someone like Pee Wee Ellis in order to catch another legend like Dr. Lonnie Smith. I was excited for his trio in large part because of the drummer, Jamire Williams, who has played with Christian Scott, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, and others from the NYC jazz/hip-hop scene. Although, I was equally impressed with guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, whom I wasn’t familiar with. Anyway, When the good organ doctor and his trio came out the silky smooth B-3 organ sounds wafted through the warm afternoon air and all was good…
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio – Mellow Mood 11/11/11 Bear Creek:
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio – Beehive 11/11/11 Bear Creek:
Finally, I’ll include another early afternoon video, this one from Sunday morning. Breakestra took a rare trip out of the LA area to bring their non-stop medley of hip-hop samples to Florida, and I was able to capture a few bars…
Breakestra – Medley (Ring Of Fire > Greedy G > Shifting Gears > Champ > Because I Got It Like That > Funky Soul > Getcho Soul Togetha) 11/12/11 Bear Creek: