- Bennie Maupin: alto flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
- Eddie Henderson: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
- Julian Priester: Tenor & Bass Trombone
- Wayne Shorter: Tenor Saxophone and Soprano
- Freddie Hubbard: trumpet
- Herbie Hancock: Keyboards
- Wah Wah Watson: Guitar, Synthesizer
- Ray Parker Jr.: Guitar
- Buster Williams: Bass
- James Levi: Bass
- Paul Jackson: bass
- Ron Carter: bass
- Kenneth Nash percussion
- Tony Williams: drums
- Billy Hart: drums
V.S.O.P. is a jazz-funk album by Herbie Hancock, which was recorded at the Newport Festival 1976 live and was released on Columbia in 1977.
The concert was planned by George Wein and found on June 29, 1976 in New York as part of the Newport Jazz festivals. The concert was titled Retrospective of The Music of Herbie Hancock, but can also be seen as a tribute to Miles Davis, as many of the participating musicians had played at Davis. Participation of Davis was ruled out because of health problems. Miles said to have replied to the request of Hancock: How do you think did would be, to be a sideman for one of my sidemen? That'd be a little funny.
The concert was recorded in three different occupations. In the first four pieces of Hancock, Hubbard, Shorter, Carter and Tony Williams play (the band VSOP ). The pieces 5 and 7 ( at No. 6 is the idea of musicians) was added to the occupation of the band Mwandishi. The Africa - reference has been evidenced by the naming of the band members, since all aliases from the Swahili language assumptions: Mwandishi / Herbie Hancock, Mchezaji / Buster Williams, Jabali / Billy Hart, mganga / Eddie Henderson, Mwile / Bennie Maupin and Pepo Mtoto / Julian Priester. In the last two pieces of Hancock, Maupin, Parker Jr., Wah Wah Watson, Jackson, Levi, and Nash play (the band The Headhunters ).
The first band, the VSOP quintet, played the pieces Maiden Voyage, the Hancock was famous, as well as Nefertiti Shorter, which Davis recorded on the eponymous album, almost in the original cast of the Miles Davis Quintet. However, Hancock plays in contrast to the original cast, an electric piano and Davis was replaced by Hubbard.
The second occupation, Mwandishi, play two pieces of Hancock, Toys makes a delicate trumpet use of Henderson, and You'll Know When You Get there.
The third band, The Headhunters (live presented as The Herbie Hancock Group), played two radio - stressed pieces of Hancock, Jackson and Melvin Wah Wah Watson Ragin, hang up your hang ups and Spider. Hang up your hang ups begins with the notion of the individual band members by Hancock that go by and by with their instruments in the piece.
The album carries some with titles such as "Hang Up Your Hang Ups " to 1974 by Hancock with the album " Head Hunters " chosen path from jazz toward the radio on, the 1983, culminated with the hit " Rockit ".
On the other hand, showed the album, it again reinforces the demand for acoustic jazz was the mid-seventies, as the second Miles Davis Quintet him had played in the sixties before the merger wave.