Takin' Off

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Takin' Off
Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off.jpg
Studio album by
Released1962 (1962)[1]
RecordedMay 28, 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreSoul jazz, hard bop[2]
Length39:01
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Herbie Hancock chronology
Takin' Off
(1962)
My Point of View
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[5]

Takin' Off is the debut album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock released in 1962 by Blue Note Records. The recording session features Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. The album is in the hard bop idiom, with its characteristic two horns and a rhythm section.[6] The bluesy track "Watermelon Man" made it to the Top 100 of the singles charts,[6] 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."[7] It was released on CD in 1996 with three alternate takes and then remastered in 2007 by Rudy Van Gelder. The 2007 edition includes 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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. U.S.: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 93. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ a b Martin, Henry; & Waters, Keith (2005). Jazz: The First 100 Years. Thomas Wadsworth. p. 311. ISBN 0-534-62804-4
  7. ^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; & Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. St. Martin's Press. p. 331. ISBN 0-312-27870-5