Herbie Hancock - Takin`Off - 180g LP

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Herbie Hancock - Takin`Off - 180g LP
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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

Blue Note - ST-84109 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio 

What better way to dive into this stellar series (Blue Note 80) than with Herbie Hancock's riveting 1962 debut, Takin' Off, which took full advantage of the high-ceilinged confines of Van Gelder Studios. Hancock shares his intuitive grasp of hard bop with impeccable comps and vamps on the gospel/blues-tinged opening cut, "Watermelon Man." Another key to this perennial jazz standard's coolly seductive groove can be found via drummer Billy Higgins' avoidance of deploying the backbeat, an instinctual tempo choice likely due to his Caribbean heritage. "Three Bags Full" finds keen waltzing interplay between Hancock's ivory attack, Freddie Hubbard's soaring trumpet, and Dexter Gordon's ever-urbane tenor sax lines. Meanwhile, the closing track, "Alone and I," Hancock's affecting piano-ballad masterclass in A, foreshadows a myriad of creative directions to come. Takin' Off is most decidedly worth takin' on." - Mike Mettler, The Absolute Sound
From the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition series The legendary Jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series.

The series will be all-analog whenever an analog source is available with Kevin Gray mastering directly from the original master tapes. The albums will be pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal in Germany.

On his debut album Takin’ Off—recorded and released in 1962—jazz legend Herbie Hancock arrived fully formed at the helm of an impressive quintet with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Billy Higgins. Though rooted firmly in hard bop, the brilliant pianist and composer presented his own strikingly original voice on this 6-song album consisting entirely of his own compositions from the funky hit “Watermelon Man” to the timeless ballad “Alone and I.”

Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Dexter Gordon, tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock, piano
Butch Warren, bass
Billy Higgins, drums

Track List

A1. Watermelon Man
A2. Three Bags Full
A3. Empty Pockets

B1. The Maze
B2. Driftin'
B3. Alone And I

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