Herbie Hancock – The Best of Herbie Hancock ”Blue Note Years” {Blue Note}

Herbie Hancock – The Best of Herbie Hancock ”Blue Note Years” {Blue Note}

Hard Bop, Modal

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook

Mirroring his onetime boss and mentor Miles Davis’ own protean output, Herbie Hancock has explored hard bop, soul-jazz, fusion, funk-rock, soundtracks, hip-hop-inflected pop (“Rockit”), and many permutations in between. His early work for Blue Note, though, offers the best entrée for newcomers.

Compiled from five of his albums for the label and covering a period from 1962-1968, this fine sampler includes highlights from his debut, Takin’ Off (“Watermelon Man”), the classic Maiden Voyage (the title track and “Dolphin Dance”), and the early electric album Speak Like a Child (the title track and “Riot”).

Add to this more indelible cuts like “Cantaloupe Island” and “One Finger Snap,” not to mention the presence of numerous ’60s jazz luminaries (Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Thad Jones, Hank Mobley, Billy Higgins, et al.), and you have perfect way to get a taste of some of the best modern jazz committed to wax.

01. Watermelon Man (7:11)
02. Driftin’ (7:01)
03. Maiden Voyage (7:58)
04. Dolphin Dance (9:20)
05. One Finger Snap (7:20)
06. Cantaloupe Island (5:34)
07. Riot (4:39)
08. Speak Like a Child (7:49)
09. King Cobra (6:54)

Herbie Hancock – piano
Dexter Gordon, George Coleman, Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd – trumpet
Thad Jones – flugelhorn
Grachan Moncur III – trombone
Peter Phillips – bass trombone
Jerry Dodgion – alto flute
Butch Warren, Ron Carter, Chuck Israels – bass
Billy Higgins, Tony Williams, Mickey Roker – drums

All compositions by Herbie Hancock
Produced by Alfred Lion
Tracks recorded between 1962-1968, in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Recording by Rudy Van Gelder
This compilation produced by Michael Cuscuna
Digital Transfers: Ron McMaster
Cover Photo: Francis Wolff

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1995, Manhattan Records Inc., a division of Capitol Records Inc.

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