The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1

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The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1
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Studio album by Herbie Nichols
Released 1955
Recorded May 6, 1955
Genre Jazz
Length 26:43
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Herbie Nichols chronology
The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1
The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 2
(1955)The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 21955

The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1 is an album by American jazz pianist Herbie Nichols featuring performances recorded and released on the Blue Note label in 1955 as a 10 inch LP.[1]


Although originally unheralded at the time of release Nichols' Blue Note recordings have gained recognition as highly original and ground-breaking compositions and performances. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded Nichols' The Complete Blue Note Recordings, released in 1997, a five star rating and stated "The music is virtually unclassifiable, and although largely straight-ahead, sounds unlike anything produced by Herbie Nichols' contemporaries. Essential music".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Herbie Nichols
Side A
  1. "Dance Line" - 4:24
  2. "Step Tempest" - 5:08
  3. "The Third World" - 4:08
Side B
  1. "Blue Chopsticks" - 4:20
  2. "Double Exposure" - 4:04
  3. "Cro-Magnon Nights" - 4:39
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on May 6, 1955



  1. ^ Blue Note discography accessed November 30, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review: The Complete Blue Note Recordings: Herbie Nichols accessed November 30, 2010