Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage

Track

Maiden Voyage

Artist

Herbie Hancock (piano)

CD

Maiden Voyage (Blue Note 95331)

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Musicians:

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

Composed by Herbie Hancock

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

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"Maiden Voyage" stands out as a landmark of the Blue Note sound, and remains Herbie Hancock's finest composition. In the midst of a turbulent jazz scene, where musicians were restlessly exploring all of their options, Hancock always approached his recordings with a clear, holistic vision. Classic Hancock performances such as "Watermelon Man" or "Cantaloupe Island" would establish their identity in the introductory bars, and stick to the same course until they reached their chosen destination. The texture and ambiance of the music envelops the listener -- and the musicians too. If Freddie Hubbard ever took a hotter trumpet solo than on this recording, I haven't heard it. And all done with only four suspended chords -- but the 'hook' is in the vamp. One of the high points of 1960s jazz.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 darrell // Feb 29, 2008 at 04:29 PM
    freddie hubbard is one of the hottest trumpeters ever I thougt that miles davis was the best but fred is right there freddie hubbard plays with such raw power and he just give you his all
  • 2 Alan // Oct 12, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    A true classic. One of my favorites. This album plays a distinct narrative, with different emotions coming with each new piece of the suite. Truly a masterpiece.