Herbie Hancock records ‘Empyrean Isles’ featuring ‘One Finger Snap’ and ‘Cantaloupe Island’ (1964)

Herbie Hancock’s ‘Empyrean Isles’ feat. ‘One Finger Snap’ and ‘Cantaloupe Island. is his fourth album recorded on June 17, 1964 and released the same year by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.One Finger Snap (Herbie Hancock) – 07:20 . 2.Oliloqui Valley (Herbie Hancock) – 08:28 . 3.Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock) – 05:32 . 4.The Egg (Herbie Hancock) – 14:00

Reid Miles

Musicians : Herbie Hancock – Piano . Freddie Hubbard – Cornet . Ron Carter – Bass . Tony Williams – Drums

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Bob Blumenthal – Liner Notes . Francis Wolff – Photography . Reid Miles asterisques RVM – Cover Design

Recorded On June 17, 1964 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In 1964 By Blue Note.


100 Greatest Jazz Albums
“Cantaloupe Island” is perhaps the best know piece on “Empyrean Isles”. It is built around an infectious blues like riff played on piano and opens up space for some very fine soloing. It is perhaps the most accessible of all these tracks and it is no surprise that this has become a widely covered standard. […]

Purchased last year from a record dealer disposing of a parcel of four Blue Notes found in some kind of army surplus inventory disposal, a more unlikely place it is hard to imagine. Some poking around on the Internet reveals the likely story behind the records. […]

All About Jazz
The real meat of Empyrean Isles—its adventurous heart—lies with “The Egg,” A thirteen-minute exploration of the limits of beat repetition that includes some of Hubbard’s most restless trumpet playing. He strains his horn against the locked rhythm, looking for a way out that never comes. […]


Herbie Hancock’s ‘Empyrean Isles’ feat. ‘One Finger Snap’ and ‘Cantaloupe Island.


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