Basin Street, 2003CD
Instrument: Instrumental

Issue: 9.2

Jazz Ruler Type: funk
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4+
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: This CD revisits the funky, cool sounds of the original Headhunters band. The core of the band consists of drummer Mike Clark, bassist Paul Jackson and Bill Summer playing an array of percussion instruments. The get help from some original members like Harvey Mason (d) and new spirit from Nicholas Payton (t) and pianist Ronald Markham. These 16 tracks are certainly funky, even the lyrics, sometimes a mere phrase, have that rhythmic groove that characterized the Headhunters signature. The pace varies to include swinging ballads like “Take No Prizzonerz” which has Latin overtones. This is a refreshing blend of a traditional sound with contemporary flavors. The results are timeless.