Herbie Hancock – Empyrean Isles – Limited Edition 180 Gram LP

Herbie Hancock – Empyrean Isles – Limited Edition 180 Gram LP

Alfred Lion and Max Margulis established the BLUE NOTE label in 1939, with photographer Francis Wolff becoming involved shortly afterwards. The caliber of the musicians that recorded for Blue Note coupled with its stylized cover designs has made it one of the most legendary jazz labels of all time. From the dozens of classic albums produced by the Blue Note label, our collection presents some of the most outstanding titles. They have been reissued with all of their original artwork on 180-gram virgin vinyl limited edition pressings, constituting an absolute treasure both for the ears and for the eyes.

My Point of View and Inventions and Dimensions found Herbie Hancock exploring the fringes of hard bop, working with a big band and a Latin-flavored percussion section, respectively. On Empyrean Isles, he returns to hard bop, but the results are anything but conventional. Working with cornetist Freddie Hubbard, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams — a trio just as young and adventurous as he was — Hancock pushes at the borders of hard bop, finding a brilliantly evocative balance between traditional bop, soul-injected grooves, and experimental, post-modal jazz.

*****STARS ALL MUSIC

DISC TRACKLIST:

SIDE A:

01. ONE FINGER SNAP (Herbie Hancock) 7:17
02. OLILOQUI VALLEY (Herbie Hancock) 8:27

SIDE B

01. CANTALOUPE ISLAND (Herbie Hancock) 5:30
02. THE EGG (Herbie Hancock) 13:57

Personnel:

HERBIE HANCOCK, piano
FREDDIE HUBBARD, cornet
RON CARTER, bass
ANTHONY WILLIAMS, drums

Originally Recorded at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, June 17, 1964