Herbie Hancock Takin’ Off XRCD24

Genre: Jazz

Label: Audio Wave Music

Price: $29.99

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Herbie’s Blue Note debut features the incomparable horn duo of Freddy Hubbard and Dexter Gordon (both at their creative peaks), blowing out Hancock’s angular, bluesy tunes with passion and finesse.

The album kicks off with the classic “Watermelon Man”; the songs are largely uptempo hard-bop until closing with the sparkling, late-night ballad “Alone and I.” The pianist’s forays into experimentation are displayed in the strange rhythm section solos and the lack of thematic resolution on “The Maze” or the 32-bar broken phrasing on “Three Bags Full.”

The sound is pure early-60’s Rudy Van Gelder: muted piano, in-your-face horns and rhythm section in your living room.



Herbie Hancock, piano
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Dexter Gordon, tenor sax
Butch Warren, bass
Billy Higgins, drums

1. Watermelon Man
2. Three Bags Full
3. Empty Pockets
4. The Maze
5. Driftin’
6. Alone and I

Bonus Tracks:

7. Watermelon Man (Alternate Take)
8. Three Bags Full (Alternate Take)
9. Empty Pockets (Alternate Take)