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HERBIE HANCOCK - Empyrean Isles (LP)

Catalog Number: 0602547085627

Label: Music On Vinyl

Format: Vinyl

Artist: HERBIE HANCOCK

Release Type: EP

Genre: Recommendations, Funk / Soul / Jazz / Disco,

Availability: In stock

£20.48

HERBIE HANCOCK - Empyrean Isles (LP)

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As a member of Miles Davis' second quintet during the 1960s, pianist Herbie Hancock rarely performed live under his own leadership, but he did take the time to record. Hancock's 1964 effort, Empyrean Isles, remains one of the most diverse and often challenging records of the pianist's tenure with Blue Note Records. It's a rare jazz record that offers both a hugely popular hit, as well as an outré masterwork of rhythmic repetition and angular melodies.

Empyrean Isles is best know for the hit "Cantaloupe Island," which alone is worth hearing on this vinyl edition. The sound is large and smooth, and the piano—which can sometimes sound boxed in on Van Gelder recordings—is almost full-sized. Most importantly the weight of the piano chords come through loud and clear. What is most startling is the amount of additional information revealed through this true analog pressing. Freddie Hubbard's trumpet is brassy and rich, and Ron Carter's bass, which can often lack tone and depth on CD, is plump and three-dimensional. "Cantaloupe Island" has become one of the most ubiquitous jazz songs ever, especially after being sampled by Us3 for their hit "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)." A pressing like this will make people question whether they've ever really heard it at all
HERBIE HANCOCK - Empyrean Isles (LP)
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Additional Information

Artist HERBIE HANCOCK
Label Music On Vinyl
Format Vinyl
Back to date 23 Feb 2018

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