Herbie Hancock: Firewater
Herbie Hancock (piano, electric piano)
The Prisoner (Blue Note)
Johnny Coles (flugelhorn), Garnett Brown (trombone), Jack Jeffers (bass trombone), Jerome Richardson (flute), Joe Henderson (tenor sax, flute), Romeo Penque (bass clarinet), Albert Heath (drums).
Composed by Buster Williams.
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Utilizing an array of different brass and reed players, this song has Herbie Hancock written all over it even though he didn't compose it. The bass clarinet shrieks at the beginning, and I simply cannot get enough of it. For Hancock's final Blue Note album, he again employs the larger orchestration found on some of his other Blue Note releases, and I marvel at the ideas Buster Williams came up with on this number. He is right at home walking the band through these changes. Though not the most exciting song on The Prisoner, this is certainly a fine selection.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley