Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
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Great Intro To Early Herbie
MG Nagy | 08/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hancock has so many distinct personalities, I know of few people who like all facets of his music/career. There's the hard electronic pop of Rocket. The "Headhunters" Fusion era. His stunning work with Miles Davis.
There is also the handful of records he did on Blue Note. This is a compilation from those records, released to capitalize (ahem) on the success of Us3, who sampled from (among others) Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island." Other reviewers have gone on at some length about the particular tracks on this compilation, so I won't rehash all that here.
A hard core Hancock fan would argue that you need all of the Blue Note discs. I'm not enough of a fan to comment on that level. I can say, however, that I had all those discs, and this compilation was the disc that got all the play.
If you are new to jazz, this is a great introduction to "traditional" jazz, with line ups ranging from quartet to septet (? seven members). In general, it swings, it jumps, it bops. If you have an incomplete take on Hancock's music this would be a very painless way to dip into his Blue Note material."
It's a trick!
Nichomachus | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get this album! It's a trick! This wasn't a real album put out by Herbie, it's just a collection of a lot of his good stuff (look at the original release date). The thing is though, every album that this music is from is also a must-have classic; e.g. "Takin' Off" and "Maiden Voyage." You'll be much happier if you go buy the real albums instead."
Good: but there are better buys
Nichomachus | 08/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A collection of Herbie's earliest, this is sort of a "Best Of" of his early solo career. Although an excellent collection, none of the originial albums are particularly expensive, and all have great music. "Maiden Voyage" in particular is such a dexterous and contemplative album that it seems wrong not to appreciate it in its entirety."