Takin' Off

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Takin' Off
Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off.jpg
Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released October 1962[1]
Recorded May 28, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Hard bop[2]
Length 39:01
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Herbie Hancock chronology
Takin' Off
(1962)
My Point of View
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Down Beat 3.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Takin' Off is the debut album of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock originally released in 1962 for the Blue Note label as BST 84109.[6] The recording session included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and veteran Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. The album was a typical hard bop LP, with its characteristic two horns and a rhythm section.[7] The bluesy single "Watermelon Man" made it to the Top 100 of the pop charts,[7] and went on to become a jazz standard. The album has been called "one of the most accomplished and stunning debuts in the annals of jazz."[8] It was released on CD in 1996 with three alternate takes and then remastered in 2007 by Rudy Van Gelder. The 2007 edition features new liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Herbie Hancock.

  1. "Watermelon Man" – 7:09
  2. "Three Bags Full" – 5:27
  3. "Empty Pockets" – 6:09
  4. "The Maze" – 6:45
  5. "Driftin'" – 6:58
  6. "Alone and I" – 6:25

Bonus tracks on reissue:

  1. "Watermelon Man" (Alternate take) – 6:33
  2. "Three Bags Full" (Alternate take) – 5:31
  3. "Empty Pockets" (Alternate take) – 6:27

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Oct 22, 1962
  2. ^ Martin, Henry (2004). Essential Jazz: The First 100 Years. Cengage Learning. p. 243. ISBN 1111794278. Retrieved October 5, 2013. ...Takin' Off was a typical hard bop LP... 
  3. ^ Huey, Steve (2011). "Takin' Off - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Down Beat: January 17, 1963 vol. 30, no. 2
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 93. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  6. ^ "Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ a b Martin, Henry; & Waters, Keith (2005). Jazz: The First 100 Years. Thomas Wadsworth. p. 311. ISBN 0-534-62804-4
  8. ^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; & Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. St. Martin's Press. p. 331. ISBN 0-312-27870-5