Herbie Hancock: Cantaloupe Island
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Empyrean Isles (Blue Note 84175)
Composed by Herbie Hancock.
Recorded: Engelewood Cliffs, NJ, June 17, 1964
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This is one of the funkiest acoustic jazz performances of the era, ranking with those other Blue Note classics, Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder," Art Blakey's "Moanin'" and Hancock's own previous entry in the slam-funk competition, "Watermelon Man." The largely static harmonies impart a slight modal tinge to the composition, creating a spacey-futuristic groove that still sounds modernistic today. Hancock's piano vamp drives the band, and Hubbard contributes one of his most memorable solos. Forget about Gilligan's or Crusoe's boring beachfront property . . . the nightlife is better on "Cantaloupe Island."
Reviewer: Ted Gioia