Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off

180-gram vinyl

Mastered by Kevin Gray

At 21, Herbie Hancock was already a mature and well-traveled musician. He played Mozart with the Chicago Symphony at age 11, studied at Grinnell College and by age 20 played with Donald Byrd. Takin' Off, his Blue Note debut, is a sophisticated showcase for Hancock's ability as a group leader. Not as intellectually challenging or technically complex as his later recordings, the pianist nevertheless displays a restless imagination and technical verve. When he's not striking off on funky, swinging solos, the backing chords are restrained an unassuming. He's controlling the session and confident enough to let his soloists (Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Dexter Gordon on tenor sax – both in fine, relaxed form) take the spotlight. From the now-legendary hit "Watermelon Man" to the reflective, noir-ish "Alone and I," this is a great first album that foreshadows the greatness that would follow on his Blue Note masterworks, Empyrean Isles and Maiden Voyage.

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

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 5 person(s) rated this product.

A Must Have For Every Jazz Collection

posted on 03/09/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tim G.
To understand and appreciate Herbie Hancock's talent, one must listen to this album. While you are listening to some of the best Jazz has to offer, one would think this is a veteran Jazz musician who is leading a group of some of the best Jazz performers of the day. You would find it hard to believe that this music is from a twenty two year old youngster, and his very first album.

If you are interested in Jazz and don't know where to start, get this album home and enjoy the music. This will be the perfect introduction into the world of Jazz, and this album should be in every Jazz collection.

The BEST Fidelity

posted on 04/12/2013
5 Stars
This is by far the BEST sounding pressing of this recording. The content is classic Herbie and the vinyl sounds GREAT. A must have!!!

Herbie's Blue Note "catapult"

posted on 05/02/2007
5 Stars
This is Herbie Handcock's gem he recorded for Blue Note. He took "note" of what other musicians did at the label, writing funky but super-catchy classic jams, so he did it his own way. Really glad this was reissued again, even happier that Kevin cut it. Wish that more Blue Note was done THIS way. Many cheap reissues of Blue Note stuff, but unless you want to shell out huge bucks for a deep groove original, this will better it. Amazing sonics.

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