Herbie Hancock : Takin' Off

Herbie Hancock : Takin' Off


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

Blue Note 4109

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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

Recorded on May 28, 1962, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Has any other jazz musician had as stunning a recording debut as Herbie Hancock? 22 at the time of Takin’ Off, when he was working regularly as the pianist with the Donald Byrd-Pepper Adams Quintet, Hancock caused many waves in the jazz world with his first Blue Note album. Not only did he introduce his hit “Watermelon Man” (which Mongo Santamaria would soon rocket to international fame) and not only did he hold his own with such giants as Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard, but Hancock was already displaying a strikingly original piano style. While inspired by Bill Evans and Chicagoan Chris Anderson, Hancock was employing his own adventurous harmonies and chord voicings. He hints at free improvisation on “The Maze,” displays his own brand of funky soul on “Empty Pockets,” and is impressionistic on the ballad “Alone And I.” It was obvious to all of those who heard Takin’ Off in 1962 that this relatively unknown pianist was already a long way towards becoming one of jazz’s greats. Takin’ Off, which could be subtitled “Birth of A Legend,” is now available the way it should be, in pristine sound.

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 in Camarillo, CA. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.