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Herbie Hancock, Sly (Herbie Hancock), San Francisco, CA, Fall, 1973.  Herbie Hancock, piano/Fender Rhodes (p/FR); Bennie Maupin, soprano and tenor saxophones, saxello, bass clarinet, alto flute (ss/ts/saxello/bcl/af); Paul Jackson, electric bass, marimbula (eb); Bill Summers, Congas, Shekere, Balafon, Agogo, Cabasa, Hindewho, Tambourine, Log drum, Surdo, Gankogui, Beer Bottle (per); Harvey Mason, Yamaha drums

Topic 1:  This piece was released by Herbie Hancocks fusion band The Head Hunters on their self-entitled album Head Hunters.  See Acid Jazz and Jazz-Hip-Hop Fusion in the on-line Lesson on Jazz Rock Fusion to help you describe Sly.  How many soloists are there in this piece?  Please list them by name and instrument.  Now listen closely to Bennie Maupin who solos on the soprano sax at 02:26.  Describe his solo style.  How does he phrase with the rhythm section?  Describe what happens to the feel and tempo just before he solos at 02:03.  What happens at 05:20 just before Hancocks solo?  Describe how Hancocks playing of an electric piano is different from an acoustic piano.  How do the other musicians support him?  Does their accompaniment have rock elements?  Is there a hypnotic pulse during the solos? Does the bass line function as a pedal point?  Do the bass and other accompanying instruments give this piece a modal quality?  What characteristics of these fusion soloists in Sly are different from soloists you have heard in other jazz styles such as hard bop, modal and free?  What aspects of these fusion soloists are similar (to hard bop, modal and free)?

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