Fat Albert Rotunda

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Fat Albert Rotunda
Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released December 8, 1969
Recorded May–June 1969
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz, jazz-funk, soul, funk
Length 33:41
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
The Prisoner
(1969)
Fat Albert Rotunda
(1969)
Mwandishi
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Fat Albert Rotunda is the eighth album by jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, released in 1969. It also was the first album that Hancock had on the Warner Bros. Records label, since leaving Blue Note Records. The music was originally done for the TV special Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert, which later inspired Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids TV show. Fat Albert Rotunda, along with Mwandishi and Crossings was reissued in one set as Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings in 1994.

About the Album[edit]

On this album Hancock changes his style radically and takes instrumental soul music rather than jazz as the basis of his compositions. Many songs also hint at his forthcoming jazz-funk style that he fully approached a few years later. A perfect example of classic songs, such as "Tell Me a Bedtime Story" (which later turned up also on the 1978 Quincy Jones album, Sounds...and Stuff Like That!! in a more funk-esque type song) and "Jessica" (which later turned up on the 1977 Hancock album, VSOP: The Quintet.)

Track listing[edit]

All Songs composed by Herbie Hancock. (Copyright Hancock Music Company-BMI)

  1. "Wiggle-Waggle" - (5:51)
  2. "Fat Mama" - (3:49)
  3. "Tell Me a Bedtime Story" - (5:01)
  4. "Oh! Oh! Here He Comes" - (4:08)
  5. "Jessica" - (4:13)
  6. "Fat Albert Rotunda" - (6:29)
  7. "Lil' Brother" - (4:26)

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Arranged and conducted by Herbie Hancock
  • Produced by Herbie Hancock
  • Recorded and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

External links[edit]

Later Samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Fat Albert Rotunda - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011.