5 Heads Are Better Than 1

The Hornheads 2nd solo CD was finished in 1997. The Duke Ellington and Miles Davis medleys on this project were written for a 1997-98 US performing arts series tour. It also features the Billboard Song Contest award winning performance of “Darn That Germ”. Although the CD is primarily the Hornheads signature “a cappella” 5 horn sound, musicians St. Paul Peterson, Mike Scott, Bobby Vandell, Phil Hey, and Bill Chouinard from Paisley Park and the minneapolis music scene added rhythm section to some tracks.

The Hornheads have the most perfect, stanky funk, tight-ass horn section ever!
Ricky Peterson - producer, singer/songwriter, keyboardist

...superb writing and playing...so impressive...man, it's a gas."
Bobby Shew - trumpet legend

...very cool, no doubt about it...excellent playing.
Ben Sidran - jazz artist and producer

additional notes

“Um Tipo Curtido” (Portuguese for “Hey You Funky Guy”) was written as a tribute to European funk super star, Pedro Abrunhosa, and is based on the Hornheads soli written for “Não Dá” on his 5 time platinum selling Tempo CD


WOW!! I mean, really -- WOW!!!

This CD is an excellent illustration of incredible writing and the execution of it both technically and musically. From playing to production, it doesn't miss anything. And the soloing... soulful, expressive, melodic, tasteful. Again I say, "WOW!"

Bruce Knepper

Nobody plays like these cats. They are unbelievable!

I didn't even know it was humanly possible to play the licks heard on this CD. Nobody plays like these cats. They are unbelievable! The Hornheads rock!

Milton Lowe

Amazing CD

This CD is awesome; every note was in tune, and more precise than any other group I've ever heard (even those with a rhythm section).



This CD contains a variety of songs that are enjoyable to listen to. The group is absolutely tight and show great musicality. Along with the old standards (Ellington Medley) and the creative new songs, you can't go wrong with this purchase.

Cindy J

It doesn't get any better.

It is hard to understand how 5 people can come up with such a great single sound.

Dave Brook

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Audio Samples

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michael b. nelson

trombone / euphonium

steve strand

lead trumpet / flugelhorn

dave jensen

trumpet / flugelhorn

kenni holmen

soprano / tenor saxophone, piccolo

kathy jensen

alto / baritone saxophone

Track List

1. Um Tipo Curtido

2. How Will I Know

3. Sweet Georgia Brown / Dig

4. 5 Heads Are Better Than 1

5. In a Silent Way / It's About That Time

6. Darn That Germ

7. Pie Hole

8. Ellington Medley

9. Pie Hole - remix

10. Waltz 4 Hornz - remix

11. Epistrophy

12. One Last Touch (w/strings)

13. Happy Birthday