Herbie Hancock: Bubbles
Herbie Hancock (electric piano, clavinet, synthesizers)
Man-Child (Columbia CK-33812)
Melvin “Wah-Wah Watson” Ragin (guitar).
Composed by Herbie Hancock and Melvin “Wah-Wah Watson” Ragin.
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
I always like how musicians are able to come up with fitting titles for their songs. Herbie Hancock's "Bubbles" is a perfect example. This track is full of synthesized orchestrations with a splendid soprano saxophone solo by Bennie Maupin. Riding a modulated groove, Ragin also plays a smooth guitar solo that fits in really well with the groove. Maupin steals the show on this one though and it's nice to hear Herbie playing throughout, blending string sounds with everyone's solos. All in all, this is another strong cut from an album that, in my opinion, completed the trilogy of timeless albums for Hancock that began with Headhunters. People will say what they want about fusion in general, but most music lovers would and should have this album in their collection.
With stellar musicianship, acute knowledge of dynamics and interaction and even better songwriting, Hancock scores gold with this album and proves that he was truly ahead of his time and ahead of most musicians.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley