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3.41 | 27 ratings | 1 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1963

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Blind Man, Blind Man (8:15)
2. A Tribute To Someone (8:40)
3. King Cobra (6:51)
4. The Pleasure Is Mine (4:00)
5. And What If I Don't (6:30)

Total time 34:16

Bonus track on 1999 remaster:
6. Blind Man, Blind Man (alternate take) (8:21)

Line-up / Musicians

- Herbie Hancock / piano, composer

- Donald Byrd / trumpet
- Grachan Moncur III / trombone
- Hank Mobley / tenor saxophone
- Grant Green / guitar
- Chuck Israels / bass
- Tony Williams / drums

Releases information

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 19, 1963.

Artwork: Reid Miles (design & photo)

LP Blue Note ‎- BLP 4126 (1963, US) Mono version
LP Blue Note ‎- BST 84126 (1963, US) Stereo version

CD Blue Note ‎- CDP 7 84126 2 (1987, US)
CD Blue Note ‎- 7243 5 21226 2 2 (1999, US)24-bit remaster by Rudy Van Gelder with a bonus track

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(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (48%)
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Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars "Takin' Off" that had become a debut album for Herbie Hancock was an album with which the idea of man who said that created something new from Jazz at that time by it in the situation of Jazz that existed exactly in the flow of his a few greetings and modes Jazz was blocked.

If the flow of Jazz in the 1960's was considered, the technique for taking the rhythm of Rock and R&B from the element was standard of Jazz reformative at that time. There were a lot of musicians who took the element ..Free Jazz and Hip.. those element and of course one side. However, Jazz with the flow of Hip , for example, "Watermelon Man" might have had a presentiment of the revolution and the advancement of Jazz even as for the listener who did not know Herbie Hancock.

"Takin' Off" of the debut album of man who had announced in such a situation in 1962 will have been an album with the content that succeeded to some degree at that time. Time when he had relations with Blue Note was Donald Byrd and time when it had worked. And, it had work and the exchange since it debuted with musicians such as Donald Byrd, Grant Green, and Jackie Mclean that participated in the recording of this album.

His talent and technology since it debuted might have been admitted in a surrounding situation at once. Or, the talent of man who caught the exchange and the age with various musicians was shown at once. It appears remarkably in this album following "Takin' Off" though development from standard Jazz thinks at that time. The composition of the tune mainly composed of the mode that he tried in the debut album has succeeded of course to some degree. Additionally, the time of this album announced about one year later might changed very early as a situation in which Herbie hancock is surrounded.

Time when this album had been announced was time when work with Miles Davis had been exactly started. The talent of Herbie demonstrates the ability in "Seven Steps To Heaven" of Miles Davis. And, this album was announced in 1963 in almost the same time.

The musician who already has the exchange for Herbie Hancock is participating in the musician who is participating in the recording of this album. Additionally, it might be good as talent on whom the appointment of Tony Williams also bears the composition of the album. And, familiar, deep Chuck Israels has been appointed as a regular of Bill Evans. This combination might be a little unusual. However, musicians such as Grant Green and Hank Mobley merge to some degree when thinking about the entire content of the album. And, if true ability of the drum and Bass is demonstrated, I might feel the doubt a little as this rhythm section. However, the idea of Herbie Hancock and the musician's appointment were calculated indeed and might have been indispensable to execute the directionality of the music at which he aimed at that time concretely.

The tune with ..Hip of "Blind Man,Blind Man".. element might be a tune that pairs with "Watermelon Man". The impression to which the idea is brought in as it is by feeling to get on the flow of a situation a little at that time might be given. The rhythm might have been reformative as Jazz at that time.

"A Tribute To Someone" impressive the trumpet of Donald Byrd also draws mode Jazz at that time flow. This tune to develop the absorption of the part of ..standard.. Jazz already in addition to an active element might also reflect the times. Sax of Hank Mobley also puts out the tasty flavor.

"King Cobra" might be a very unique tune in this album. It deviates from the progress of a standard tune a little and the part of the mode is emphasized further. Each musician's Solo improves the impression of the tune. Ensemble has succeeded, too. By the way, it is said that the title of this tune is a car that Herbie Hancock took at that time.

It is a tune in which "The Pleasure Is Mine" also reflected the part of a mode at that time. A glossy theme and ensemble have a beautiful flow. The melody by Piano merges well in the tune. The element that doesn't end only by the part in which a simple ballade might be splendid. Trombone player's Grachan Moncur also contributes to the tune.

"And What If I Don't" that decorates the end of the album is a tune with the element of Blues. However, neither the theme nor ensemble with the wind instrument will end only by a simple part. And, it gives in it and the melody of an object guitar gives the tune a deep part further.

The album of Herbie Hancock at that time of this has the part of a few greetings. The talent is gradually shown and the part and the idea are evaluated every time the work is announced further.

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