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Empyrean Isles
Herbie Hancock
Empyrean Isles
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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Herbie Hancock's fourth Blue Note album with Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams defined the sound that his jazz work would carry to this day: funk, delicate harmonies and experimental improvisation all somehow w...  more »

      
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All Artists: Herbie Hancock
Title: Empyrean Isles
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 3/23/1999
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop, Funk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724349879621

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Album Description
Herbie Hancock's fourth Blue Note album with Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams defined the sound that his jazz work would carry to this day: funk, delicate harmonies and experimental improvisation all somehow working together. "One Finger Snap" and, of course, "Cantaloupe Island" have become jazz classics.
Includes two bonus tracks.

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Empyrean Isles
Morton | Colorado | 11/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Herbie Hancock-Empyrean Isles *****

By the time of this release Herbie Hancock had already been with the great Miles Davis for over a year, which is the equivalent of four years at Juilliard School of Music. On Empyrean Isles, one of Herbie's earliest solo recordings we find the pianist/composer in fine shape creating some of the best jazz ever laid to wax.

What you hear on Empyrean Isles is the sound of the changing 1960's, this is the living embodiment of the movements. The stripped down and often laid back approach to this work can rival the best of the genre for that time period and the best of Hancock's work, because well this might just be his all time best work.

Without the use of trumpet we hear Hancock bring in Freddie Hubbard on a cornet adding a extra texture to the album. This revolutionary work was concidered radical in the day but now just seems revolutionary. Most notably is Tony Williams on the drum kit, and unsung hero and one of the instruments all time best. But it is Hancock who steals the show.

His compositions and mainly his work on the monster classic 'Cantaloupe Island' bring the house down. The extended workout on the quarter hour long 'The Egg' is over the top. 'Oliloqui Valley' and 'One Finger Snap' open the first side of the album and do so wonderfully but it is the latter side that kill.

Empyrean Isles is a jazz album unto itself. A hall of famer."
Not usually a jazz fan but I love this disc
James Tetreault | North Grafton, MA United States | 01/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I especially love Oliloqui Valley. That song has all the complexity for which jazz is known without the melodic dead ends or melodic indifference that characterize the jazz that non afficionados like myself don't like. I became interested in this disk after hearing Cantaloupe Island, which I still like a lot. But it's Oliloqui Valley that's the gem of the disc, to me. Hubbard's work on the cornet is amazing as is Carter's contra bass. Wonderful stuff that I could listen to all day long."
Catch some waves
IRate | 10/12/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"3 1/2

Hancock was staying as true to title as any ambitious jazz man could in the early 60's, taking off into his own dimensions with this early boundary-breaker, a solidly hot, trippyily-bopped travelogue which for all classically honed moments does have experimental indulgences as well."