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Herbie Hancock- Empyrean Islands (1964)

Updated: Jan 4

Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles

(Blue Note Records)

Released on November 1964

Recorded June 1964

Empyrean Isles by Herbie Hancock, is a groundbreaking jazz album featuring a stellar ensemble with Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums). Amidst Hancock's collaborations with Miles Davis, this work showcases his innovative fusion of traditional jazz and experimental elements. The album's tracks, including the recognizable "Cantaloupe Island," display a range from funky grooves, fast-paced abstraction to a 14-minute avant-garde exploration in "The Egg,” Hancock's virtuosity and the ensemble's rhythmic interplay are on full display. 

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