Thrust (album)

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ReleasedSeptember 6, 1974
RecordedAugust 1974
Studio Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco; Different Fur Music, San Francisco
Genre Jazz-funk [1]
Label Columbia
Producer David Rubinson, Herbie Hancock
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Christgau's Record Guide C+ [3]
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Tom Hull B+ [6]
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Thrust is the fourteenth studio album by American jazz-funk musician Herbie Hancock, released in September 1974 on Columbia Records. [8] The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. [9] [10] It is the second album featuring The Headhunters: saxophonist Bennie Maupin, bass guitarist Paul Jackson, drummer Mike Clark (replacing Harvey Mason in this role) and percussionist Bill Summers.



Thrust was produced by David Rubinson and Herbie Hancock. [8]


"Actual Proof" was covered by the Peter Zak Trio (2006) and Roberta Piket (2015).

The composition "Butterfly" was subsequently performed by Hancock himself in his live album Flood (1975), in two studio albums of Direct Step (1979) and Dis Is da Drum (1994), and in Kimiko Kasai's album Butterfly (1979). "Butterfly" was also covered by Norman Connors (1978), Eddie Henderson (1978), Toto (2002), Austin Peralta (2006), Azymuth (2008), Robert Glasper Experiment, and Gretchen Parlato (2009).

"Spank-a-Lee" was covered by Mitchel Forman (2001). [11]

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. [12]

Track listing

Side A
1."Palm Grease"Herbie Hancock10:38
2."Actual Proof"Hancock9:42
Total length:19:57
Side B
3."Butterfly"Hancock, Bennie Maupin 11:17
4."Spank-a-Lee"Hancock, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson 7:12
Total length:18:14



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