Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage


Maiden Voyage


Herbie Hancock (piano)


Maiden Voyage (Blue Note 95331)

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Herbie Hancock (piano), George Coleman (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Composed by Herbie Hancock


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., March 17, 1965


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

At the time of this recording, Hancock, Carter and Williams served as the rhythm section for the Miles Davis Quintet. Since Coleman had just left the group the previous year, the four of them had developed a strong rapport, with Hubbard fitting in nicely. One of Hancock’s most popular compositions, “Maiden Voyage” exploits the modal concept common in jazz performances in the 1960s. Since the piece is based mostly on just two slow-moving chords and a spare melodic line, it generates a calm, placid mood overall in spite of occasionally spirited passages by the soloists, especially Hubbard.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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