The Headhunters brought their pioneering as well as genre-busting blend of jazz, funk and world beat to the Roseland Grill last Saturday night. The former backing band of Miles Davis disciple and master jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, it is steered by veteran members percussion virtuoso Bill Summers and funk trap monster Mike Clark. With their incredible line-up, the band sizzled through the evening and lived up spectacularly to their legendary status of one of fusion jazz-funk music's most innovative and influential bands.
The evenings highlights included a very flavorful and spicy rendition of "Swamp Thing" in which Summers chanted to the audience in African while playing a calabash (a gourd-based percussion instrument,) and encouraged the Stumptown crowd to sing along with him, which they did quite well. Post reciprocity, Summers smilingly replied "Only in Portland, Oregon". The band also laid down an ultra funky rendition of "Watermelon Man" amongst many others. Altogether the evening was a most incredible spectacle and above all, some very sweet, sweet candy for the ear.
All photos by Keith Casper