The Vinyl Factory continues yet another "Roots & Branches" feature that explores certain rap, hip-hop, R&B, soul and jazz albums and the albums they influenced. And succeeded.
This go around, TVF explores Herbie Hancock's iconic Head Hunters (1973) LP and the various records that it influenced.
Perhaps one of the most versatile musicians around then, Miles Davis is quoted saying: "Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him," which is where the article begins.
Takin' Off featured Hancock and Davis' first crossover hit, "Watermelon Man," which broke the Billboard Top 100.