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Album · 1994

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1. Call It 95 (4:41)
2. Dis Is da Drum (4:49)
3. Shooz (1:17)
4. The Melody (4:06)
5. Mojuba (4:59)
6. Butterfly (6:10)
7. Juju (5:03)
8. Hump (4:44)
9. Come and See Me (4:31)
10. Rubber Soul (6:40)
11. Bo Ba Be Da (8:05)
12. Butterfly (6:01)

Total Time: 61:11


- Herbie Hancock synthesizer, piano, electric piano, clavinet, Moog synthesizer, synthesizer bass, rhythm arrangementsFrancis Awe vocals
- Skip Bunny djembe
- Chill Factor dap
- Guy Eckstine drums
- Lazaro Galarraga vocals
- Will "Roc" Griffin sampling, loops, sequencing, rhythm arrangements
- Nengue Hernandez bata
- William Kennedy drums
- Mars Lasar synthesizer, keyboards, sound design
- Bennie Maupin tenor saxophone
- Airto Moreira Percussion
- The "Real" Richie Rich scratching
- Darrell Robertson guitar, rhythm arrangements
- Wallace Roney trumpet
- Jay Shanklin rhythm arrangements
- Darrell Smith keyboards, electric piano, rhythm arrangements
- Ken Strong drums
- Bill Summers percussion, conga, tambourine, bells, djun-djun, djembe, shekere, vocal arrangement, rhythm arrangements, cabasa
- Frank Thibeaux bass guitar
- Wah Wah Watson guitar
- Marina Bambino, Huey Jackson, Hollis Payseur, Angel Rogers, Yvette Summers, Louis Verdeaux - backround vocals

About this release

Mercury ‎– 528 185-2 (US)

Album Recorded at Garage Sale Studios in L.A., CA

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siLLy puPPy
I cannot fathom that there would be any question that HERBIE HANCOCK has been amongst the crème de le crème of fusionists that the jazz world has ever experienced. Right from the very start of his early career this keyboardist extraordinaire was chomping at the bit to break free from the standard post-bop of the day by incorporating hitherto unheard of techniques into the jazz world such as orchestral accompaniments, inventive new ways of expressing simple chords and ways of incorporating non-jazz elements seamlessly into the genre which eventually entered him access into the musical world of Miles Davis and beyond. In the 70s HANCOCK really took off with this innovation with “Mwandishi” trilogy, the funk jazz of “Headhunters” and the jazz-inflicted electro-funk of albums like “Future Shock” in the 80s. Never being one to rest on his laurels the 90s proved to be yet another period of adventurous experimentation with hip-hop and dance music that after simmering for a decade on the world’s dance floors eventually got the label “acid jazz.”

With HERBIE’s ambition to leave no viable rhythmic stones unturned he headed into the studio with a huge eclectic crew of musicians and producers from both the past and modern day to create one of his most accessible and unusual albums (for him) yet - DIS IS DA DRUM, an album that tackles the 90s hip-hop rhythms, 80s dance floor grooves and jazz history of the past. Of course, HERBIE effortlessly melds all of the above together in the most pleasant of ways creating the perfect jazz meets dance floor album that keeps the dance floor sensibilities intact while fortifying them with his lush keyboard solos, sampling loops, jazz instruments like sax and trumpet while incorporating ethnic African instruments ranging from the djembe, bata, conga dunun, shekere, cabasa all the while keeping it sewn together with the state of art production technology the era had to offer.

While i have to admit that this was not what i expected upon first listen, i remained open minded and found it took a few spins to sink in. While not exactly difficult to absorb upon listen number one, it can be a slap in the face for any jazz purists who are expecting the usual syncopation as usual or the complexities of post-bop or 70s fusion. This is a feel good album that treats the listener to steady dance floor / hip hop beats while letting the jazz-fusion feast play second fiddle while retaining its consistency and danceable rhythms that dominate DIS IS DA DRUM. No fear for those who crave the complexibtilies of jazz. They are there but simply contributing a behind-the-scenes approach where they ooze out now and again to remind you that this is indeed a HERBIE HANCOCK album and his high standards insure us that he has the knack for choosing the best of the best to help fulfill his vision of this unique musical expression.

DIS IS DA DRUM is often described as the perfect party jazz album and that is a statement that i am totally on board with. This is indeed a nice cocktail lounge cornucopia of sounds that works so well as background music but with enough savoir-faire to please jazz musicians who are keen to notice all the details. While this certainly will never rank amongst the top achievements that HERBIE HANCOCK has contributed to the world of music in general, this remains a nice little supplemental feast of sounds for those who wish to delve beyond the classics and into the more eccentric little adventures that HANCOCK has embarked upon. Generally speaking this album starts out very strong but seems to diminish its effect as it progresses due to the fact that the incessant monobeats do steal the thunder of it being a totally outstanding album. Still though, not a bad listen in the least.

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