Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

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As part of its then valuable two-fer LP reissue series, Blue Note's Herbie Hancock anthology concisely sums up his recordings for the label, drawing upon a dozen tracks over the span. Ranging from his first solo album Takin' Off to the sophisticated voicings of Speak Like a Child and The Prisoner, all seven Blue Note Hancock albums are at least touched upon, including several standards in the making ("Maiden Voyage," "Cantaloupe Island," "Speak Like a Child," and "Toys" but not, curiously and refreshingly, "Watermelon Man"). As such, it is a more pertinent sampler of the Blue Note years than Jazz Profile (which has more obscure selections), though the pressing quality circa 1975 is typically mediocre.

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