Herbie Hancock : Maiden Voyage

Herbie Hancock : Maiden Voyage


Herbie Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), George Coleman (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums)

Blue Note 4195

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1. Maiden Voyage
2. The Eye Of The Hurricane
3. Little One
4. Survival Of The Fittest
5. Dolphin Dance

Recorded on March 17, 1965, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Maiden Voyage, the fifth album by Herbie Hancock with Blue Note Records is one of the most sublime albums of all time, Maiden Voyage represents not only the pinnacle of Herbie Hancock's late 60s acoustic work, but quite possibly that of his entire career. Striking a perfect balance between mainstream Hard Bop and the more avant-garde jazz of the era, each track is a masterpiece that manages to combine melodious lyricism with levels of rhythmic and tonal complexity in a way that is virtually unrivalled even to this day, proving definitively that one needn't sacrifice accessibility on the altar of experimentation. Relaxing without being sedative, deep without being impenetrable, and tuneful without ever feeling condescending, "Maiden Voyage" is an absolutely essential album for every jazz aficianado to have in their collection, and as the title implies (whether intentionally or coincidentally), one that also makes a terrific point of entry for anyone unfamiliar with the genre who might be seeking a starting point from which to begin experiencing the world of jazz. 

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is remastered from the original analogue Van Gelder studio tapes and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.