Takin' Off

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Takin' Off
Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released 1962
Recorded May 28, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Hard bop[1]
Length 39:01 (original LP)
Label Blue Note
BST 84109
Producer Alfred Lion
Herbie Hancock chronology
Takin' Off
(1962)
My Point of View
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Takin' Off is the debut album of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock originally released in 1962 for the Blue Note label as BST 84109.[3] The recording session included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and veteran Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. The album was a typical hard bop LP, with its characteristic two horns and a rhythm section.[4] The bluesy single "Watermelon Man" made it to the Top 100 of the pop charts,[4] and went on to become a jazz standard. The album has been called "one of the most accomplished and stunning debuts in the annals of jazz."[5] It was released on CD in 1996 with three alternate takes and then remastered in 2007 by Van Gelder. The 2007 edition features new liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Herbie Hancock.

  1. "Watermelon Man" – 7:09
  2. "Three Bags Full" – 5:27
  3. "Empty Pockets" – 6:09
  4. "The Maze" – 6:45
  5. "Driftin'" – 6:58
  6. "Alone and I" – 6:25

Bonus tracks on reissue:

  1. "Watermelon Man" (Alternate take) – 6:33
  2. "Three Bags Full" (Alternate take) – 5:31
  3. "Empty Pockets" (Alternate take) – 6:27

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Henry (2004). Essential Jazz: The First 100 Years. Cengage Learning. p. 243. ISBN 1111794278. Retrieved October 5, 2013. "...Takin' Off was a typical hard bop LP..." 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve (2011). "Takin' Off - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ a b Martin, Henry; & Waters, Keith (2005). Jazz: The First 100 Years. Thomas Wadsworth. p. 311. ISBN 0-534-62804-4
  5. ^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; & Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. St. Martin's Press. p. 331. ISBN 0-312-27870-5