The Quintet (album)

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The Quintet
VSOP The Quintet.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 1977
RecordedJuly 1977
ProducerDavid Rubinson, Jeffrey Cohen
V.S.O.P. chronology
Herbie Hancock Trio
The Quintet
Tempest in the Colosseum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[2]

The Quintet is an album by V.S.O.P. It was compiled from two concert performances: one at the Greek Theatre, University of California, Berkeley, on July 16, 1977; the other at the San Diego Civic Theatre on July 18, 1977. The musicians were Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and flugelhorn, Tony Williams on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano saxophones. The recording was originally released in October 1977 as a 2-disc LP by Columbia Records.


An excerpt from a review in the January 1978 issue of Downbeat is quoted on the back of the album and describes the performance:

What the audience applauds on this album transcends mere form, technique and instrumentation. They were thrilled by the charisma generated by five masters who listened to one another's inner ears, spoke to each other at multiple levels, and, no matter how dense the musical content, conveyed their messages to the audience with amazing clarity.


"Third Plane" became one of Carter's most renowned compositions, while "Jessica" was originally featured on the 1969 Hancock album Fat Albert Rotunda.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "One of a Kind" (Hubbard) – 9:27
  2. "Third Plane" (Carter) – 7:19

Side 2

  1. "Jessica" (Hancock) – 7:02
  2. "Lawra" (Williams) – 9:43

Side 3

  1. "Darts" (Hancock) – 8:54
  2. "Dolores" (Shorter) – 11:31

Side 4

  1. "Little Waltz" (Carter) – 9:33
  2. "Byrdlike" (Hubbard) – 8:05


  • Fred Catero, Bryan Bell – audio engineering
  • Chris Minto – assistant engineering
  • Les D. Cooper, Dennis Mays, Shawn Murphy, Paul Sandweiss, Ray Thompson – remote recording
  • David Rubinson – producer
  • Jeffrey Cohen – associate producer
  • Russ Anderson and Herbie Green – design
  • Bruce Talamon – photography
  • Conrad Silvert – liner notes
  • David Handloff - assistant engineer


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "V.S.O.P.: The Quintet". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. U.S.: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 94. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.