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Herbie Goes Lite-weight

Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 19 June 1982

NOW LOOK — I am not a purist. it doesn’t bother me that Herbie Hancock effectively quit the most testing areas of jazz for fusion, subsequently seceding into a purer funk and now a virtually ungarnished pop-soul field. Herbie was never that essential a player anyway — his greatest strength was as a sideman, a band pianist who could play a rhythm role flawlessly and who fed soloists an ideal line.

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