Herbie Hancock: Empty Pockets


Empty Pockets


Herbie Hancock (piano)


Takin' Off (Blue Note)

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Herbie Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Butch Warren (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

Composed by Herbie Hancock


Recorded: May 28, 1962


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

It's hard to believe that at the tender age of 22, Herbie Hancock stormed onto the jazz scene with his debut release for Blue Note Records, Takin' Off. Though it's best remembered for the song "Watermelon Man," which cracked the Billboard Top 100, it's a solid hard-bop album featuring the legendary Dexter Gordon and a young Freddie Hubbard. On this number, Hancock displays his affinity for the blues, with octave-fueled bursts of solos over a swinging beat by Billy Higgins. While this track's simplicity and catchiness were overshadowed by other tracks on the album, Hancock's age and the cast of characters make "Empty Pockets" noteworthy.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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