Herbie Hancock’s ‘Takin’ Off’ feat. ‘Watermelon Man is his debut album recorded on May 28, 1962 and released the same year by Blue Note.
Track Listing : 1.Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock) – 07:09 . 2.Three Bags Full (Herbie Hancock) – 05:27 . 3.Empty Pockets (Herbie Hancock) – 06:09 . 4.The Maze (Herbie Hancock) – 06:45 . 5.Driftin’ (Herbie Hancock) – 06:58 . 6.Alone And I (Herbie Hancock) – 06:25
Musicians : Herbie Hancock – Piano . Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet . Dexter Gordon – Tenor Saxophone . Butch Warren – Bass . Billy Higgins – Drums
Production : Produced By Alfred Lion . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer
Package : Leonard Feather – Liner Notes . Reid Miles – Design, Photography
Recorded On May 28, 1962 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.
Released In 1962 By Blue Note.
I prefer this acoustic piano bopping Hancock to the frizzy-haired funky evil twin who finally managed to escape from the attic in the 1970′s. However this will no doubt invoke howls of protest from the funk-lovers so let me say they are all better than Herbies’ most recent and ghastly Imagine Project. Oh oh! Help! Here come the World Love and Peace fansand they are screaming for my blood! […]
Hancock was already astonishingly sophisticated, both as a player and a composerand the knack for hooks that made his later work so successful in pop as well as jazz is apparent in the gospelly yet knowing theme of the classic Watermelon Man. […]
Yet while Hancock could be just as funky and blues-rooted as Silver, their overall styles diverged in several ways: Hancock was lighter and more cerebral, a bit more adventurous in his harmoniesand more apt to break his solos out of a groove (instead of using them to create one). […]