Release date : November 5th 2012
genres : JAZZ
format : LP VINYL
reference : HS068VL


1. "Watermelon Man" – 7:09
2. "Three Bags Full" – 5:27
3. "Empty Pockets" – 6:09
4. "The Maze" – 6:45
5. "Driftin'" – 6:58
6."Alone and I" – 6:25
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Takin’ Off

Blue Note Reissue series

Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic “Watermelon Man”, the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including “Watermelon Man”, “The Maze”, “Driftin”, “Three Bags Full”, “Alone & I”, and “Empty Pockets” (courtesy of

Tout est dit dans le titre, la carrière d’Herbie Hancock décole litteralement avec ce premier album sous son nom. Il rentre dans la cour des grands avec une excellente selection de titre soul jazz, inclus son classique “watermelon man” pour la première fois sur disque et qui a gardé toute sa fraicheur plus de 40 ans après. Herbie s’est entouré des meilleurs musiciens de l”époque avec Dexter Gordon au sax tenor, Freddie Hubbard à la trompette, Butch Warren à la basse et Billy Higgins à la batrie. Hancock impose avec ce premier album ses compositions pleines de classe et de groove qui feront de lui l’un des musiciens majeurs des 60’s … à nos jours. Un Monument.