V.S.O.P. (group)

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V.S.O.P. was an American jazz quintet consisting of Herbie Hancock (piano, keyboards, synthesizers and vocals), Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone and soprano saxophone), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums) and Freddie Hubbard (trumpet and flugelhorn). Hancock, Shorter, Carter, and Williams had all been members of the Miles Davis Quintet during the 1960s.

V.S.O.P. was essentially a live band: it produced only one studio album (Five Stars in 1979) and four live albums.

The name V.S.O.P. is taken from a grade of Cognac brandy, where it signifies aged (and implicitly high quality) stock.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Five Stars

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions

The Quintet 123 3
Tempest in the Colosseum
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: CBS/Sony
Live Under the Sky
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: Columbia
Live Under the Sky, No. 2*
  • Release date: October 30, 2002
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

*This release was only the second CD coupled with the re-release of Live Under The Sky when it was released in the USA, so it was brought back to Japan.

See also[edit]

  • "VSOP" (live album by Herbie Hancock)


  1. ^ a b "V.S.O.P. – Artist US chart history". Allmusic. Retrieved August 1, 2012.

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