Thrust (album)

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ReleasedSeptember 6, 1974
RecordedAugust 1974
Studio Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Jazz-funk, jazz
Label Columbia
Producer David Rubinson, Herbie Hancock
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Thrust is a studio album by American jazz-funk musician Herbie Hancock, released in September 1974 on Columbia Records. [5] The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. [6] [7]



Thrust was produced by David Rubinson and Herbie Hancock. [5]


Actual Proof was covered by Roberta Piket and the Peter Trio. Butterfly has also been covered by Norman Connors, Eddie Henderson, Toto and by the Robert Glasper Experiment. [8]

A variation of the composition "Palm Grease" was used in the 1974 vigilante film Death Wish , starring Charles Bronson.

The composition "Actual Proof" was originally written for the 1973 film The Spook Who Sat by the Door , and Hancock has used it as a demonstration of his style of playing the Fender Rhodes piano. [9]

The composition "Butterfly" would subsequently be performed on the live album Flood , and two other studio releases: Direct Step and Dis Is da Drum .

Track listing

All compositions by Herbie Hancock except as indicated

1."Palm Grease" 10:38
2."Actual Proof" 9:42
3."Butterfly"Hancock, Bennie Maupin 11:17
4."Spank-a-Lee"Hancock, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson 7:12



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