Fat Albert Rotunda

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Fat Albert Rotunda
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Studio album by
RecordedOctober–December 1969
StudioVan Gelder Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
GenreJazz, jazz-funk, soul, funk
LabelWarner Bros.-Seven Arts
ProducerHerbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
The Prisoner
Fat Albert Rotunda
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[2]

Fat Albert Rotunda is the eighth album by jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, released in 1969. It was Hancock's first release for Warner Bros. Records after his departure from 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 [3] and as The Warner Bros. Years (1969-1972) in 2014 [4].

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. Quincy Jones recorded "Tell Me a Bedtime Story" for his 1978 album, Sounds...and Stuff Like That!!, while Hancock revisited "Jessica" on the 1977 Hancock album VSOP: The Quintet.

Track listing[edit]

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

2."Fat Mama"3:49
3."Tell Me a Bedtime Story"5:01
4."Oh! Oh! Here He Comes"4:08
6."Fat Albert Rotunda"6:29
7."Lil' Brother"4:26



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


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Fat Albert Rotunda - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 93. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ https://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/herbie_hancock/mwandishi__the_complete_warner_bros__recordings/
  4. ^ https://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/herbie_hancock/the_warner_bros__years__1969_1972_/

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