Fat Albert Rotunda

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Fat Albert Rotunda
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Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released Mid June 1970[1]
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
Fat Albert Rotunda
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Fat Albert Rotunda is the eighth album by jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, released in 1970. 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. 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)

No. Title Length
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



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

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Later Samples[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard Jun 6, 1970
  2. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Fat Albert Rotunda - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 93. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.