Herbie Hancock is one of my biggest influences, predominantly stemming from his Jazz-Funk, Headhunters and beyond output. Not only is the man a keen experimenter, he understands the texture of synthesized sounds in arrangements, and the philosophy of The Groove – something which sets him and Roy Ayers apart from other acts they get lumped together with, that I would term ‘Jazz-Fusion’ rather than ‘Jazz-Funk’ and is more about masturbatory solos than hard Funkin’.
This cut is No. 5 on the Man Child record, and features none other than Stevie Wonder on that inimitable harmonica! The groove always makes me pull a face, Mike Clark breakin around the fatback and that squelchy bass line! Try not to let it throw you off The One!
I’d love to be anywhere near as prolific as Herbie, and it seems to be keeping him young! Check him – he looks about 20 years younger than his (as of 2015) 75 years, though he attributes this to Bhuddist chanting and swearing off red meat apparently, as detailed in his interview with Gilles Peterson from 2010.