Quartet (Herbie Hancock album)

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Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released 1982
Recorded July 28, 1981
Sony CBS Studios, Shinanomachi, Tokyo
Genre Jazz
Length 68:25
Label CBS/Sony
Producer David Rubinson, Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
Lite Me Up
Future Shock

Quartet is the thirty-fourth album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, his first with the V.S.O.P. Quartet without Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter. It was originally issued in Japan on CBS/Sony, and later given a US release by Columbia.


Without Wayne Shorter (who was working with Weather Report and his own solo projects) and Freddie Hubbard, Hancock along with Ron Carter and Tony Williams reunited, and toured with a young Wynton Marsalis. This album was from the tour.

Some of the songs were from the 1965-1968 Miles Davis quintet, while one was from Hancock's own repertoire. The first two tracks on the album "Well You Needn't" and "'Round Midnight" are developed from two jazz standards by Thelonious Monk, 1944. The last one, "I Fall In Love Too Easily", develops from a 1945 Styne and Cahn song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Well You Needn't" (Thelonious Monk) - 6:29
  2. "'Round Midnight" (Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams, Monk) - 6:41
  3. "Clear Ways" (Williams) - 5:00
  4. "A Quick Sketch" (Ron Carter) - 16:27
  5. "The Eye of the Hurricane" (Hancock) - 8:05
  6. "Parade" (Carter) - 7:58
  7. "The Sorcerer" (Hancock) - 7:19
  8. "Pee Wee" (Williams) - 4:34
  9. "I Fall In Love Too Easily" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) - 5:52


  • David Rubinson & Friends Inc., Herbie Hancock
  • Tomoo Suzuki - Recording Engineer

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