Empyrean Isles

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Empyrean Isles
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Studio album by
ReleasedLate November/early December 1964[1]
RecordedJune 17, 1964
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
GenreHard bop, modal jazz, soul jazz
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Herbie Hancock chronology
Inventions & Dimensions
Empyrean Isles
Maiden Voyage

Empyrean Isles is the fourth studio album by American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, recorded in 1964 for Blue Note Records.[2][3]

Recording and music[edit]

The album was recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on June 17, 1964.[4] Pianist Hancock's quartet consisted of Freddie Hubbard on cornet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums.[4] The four compositions were written by Hancock.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[7]

Empyrean Isles was released by Blue Note Records.[7] AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine called it "a record that officially established Hancock as a major artist in his own right."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Herbie Hancock

1."One Finger Snap"7:20
2."Oliloqui Valley"8:28
3."Cantaloupe Island"5:32
4."The Egg"14:00
Bonus tracks on 1999 CD release
5."One Finger Snap" (alternate take)7:37
6."Oliloqui Valley" (alternate take)10:47



  1. ^ Billboard Dec 5, 1964
  2. ^ DiMartino, Dave (2016). Music in the 20th Century (3 Vol Set). Routledge. p. 273. ISBN 978-1-317-46430-3. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  3. ^ Salzman, Jack; Smith, David L.; West, Cornel (1996). Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Macmillan Library Reference. p. 1185. ISBN 978-0-02-897365-4. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles (CD liner notes). Blue Note Records. 98796.
  5. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Empyrean Isles - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 93. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 641. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.