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Herbie Hancock
(b. 4/12/40 - Chicago, IL)

Title: Maiden Voyage (Remastered)
Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), George Coleman (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums)
Recorded: 1965
Label: Blue Note
Comments: Although Herbie Hancock got his first big break in the famous Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-60's, he has released some impressive CD's as a leader, including these three. His Maiden Voyage is a classic that all jazz musicians own. And as a pianist, Herbie is definitely one of the top three most important of late 20th century jazz (McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea being the other two). Additionally, his career has continued to flourish into the pop realm with his funk/techno releases in the 80's and his contributions to various film scores over the years.
Title: Empyrean Isles (Remastered)
Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums)
Recorded: 1964
Label: Blue Note
Comments: ...another classic recording...especially Tony William's playing on "One Finger Snap"...amazing cymbal work...
Title: Takin' Off
Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Butch Warren (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)
Recorded: 1962
Label: Blue Note
Comments: This CD was a huge hit for Herbie, as his song, "Watermelon Man," was a perennial pop favorite, made famous a few years later by the great conguero, Mongo Santamaria.

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