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 and Dimensions
Empyrean Isles
Maiden Voyage

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

Recording and music[edit]

The album was recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on June 17, 1964.[2] Pianist Hancock's quartet consisted of Freddie Hubbard on cornet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums.[2] The four compositions were written by Hancock.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[5]

Empyrean Isles was released by Blue Note Records.[5] The AllMusic reviewer called it "a record that officially established Hancock as a major artist in his own right."[3]

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



  1. ^ Billboard Dec 5, 1964
  2. ^ a b Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles (CD liner notes). Blue Note Records. 98796.
  3. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Empyrean Isles - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 93. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 641. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.