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The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years

  • 1. Watermelon Man
    2. Driftin'
    3. Maiden Voyage
    4. Dolphin Dance
    5. One Finger Snap
    6. Canteloupe Island
    7. Riot
    8. Speak Like a Child
    9. King Cobra
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 91142

  • Credits
    EngineerRudy VanGelder

    Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano); Dexter Gordon, George Coleman, Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd (trumpet); Thad Jones (flugelhorn); Grachan Moncur III (trombone); Peter Phillips (bass trombone); Jerry Dodgion (alto flute); Butch Warren, Ron Carter, Chuck Israels (bass); Billy Higgins, Tony Williams, Mickey Roker (drums).
    Producer: Alfred Lion.
    Compilation producer: Michael Cuscuna.
    Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between 1962 and 1968.
    A bold jazz innovator whose stylistic range is rivaled only by his mentor, Miles Davis, keyboardist/composer/bandleader Herbie Hancock receives Columbia/Legacy's ESSENTIAL treatment on this excellent 2006 two-disc set. Although whittling the finest moments of Hancock's strikingly eclectic, decades-spanning career down to a mere 20 tracks is an exercise in futility, the collection reveals admirable results within those constraints, offering up tunes from 1962 to 2000. Among the many brilliant moments on this comp are Hancock's swinging hard-bop classics "Watermelon Man" and "Cantaloupe Island" (both featuring ace trumpeter Freddie Hubbard), the fiercely funky "Chameleon," and the groundbreaking electro-pop hit "Rockit." Although many of Hancock's individual albums are essential in their own right, and the four-disc HERBIE HANCOCK BOX delves deeper into his daunting catalogue, this compilation is the perfect introduction to the stunning stylistic and technical breadth of the pioneering artist's output.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/2/71, p.44) - "...ranges from the street-strutting funk of the early `Watermelon Man' through statements succesfully more challenging and complex..."
    JazzTimes (p.65) - "[Hancock is] a musician with passion, an open mind and an awareness of history that constantly propels him forward into new sonic territory."
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