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Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles flac album

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Performer: Herbie Hancock
Title: Empyrean Isles
Country: US
Released: 1991
Style: Modal
Category: Jazz
Rating: 4.9 ✦
Other format: AIFF ADX MIDI MP3 VOC AC3 XM

Only 19 left in stock (more on the way). In terms of the quality of the album as a vinyl re-release, you absolutely won't be disappointed at this price.

Piano – Herbie Hancock. Producer – Alfred Lion. Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder. Written-By – Herbie Hancock. Recorded on June 17, 1964. Empyrean Isles ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM).

Empyrean Isles is a soft, gentle jazz album which offers few hints of the funk-fusion departures that would litter Herbie Hancock's later career (though Cantaloupe Island does have a little funk in its step). Aside from Herbie's piano, Freddie Hubbard is the major soloist here, with excellent cornet work which Herbie is wise enough to allow to take centre stage whenever the spirit's on Hubbard.

Flood is the sixteenth and second live album by Herbie Hancock. It was originally released only in Japan in 1975 as a double LP, and features the Headhunters Band, performing selections from the albums Head Hunters, Thrust and Man-Child (the latter still two months away from release at the time of these concerts. It remained a Japanese only release in all formats until a 2014 US CD reissue by Wounded Bird.

Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles by Greg Simmons, published on May 24, 2012. Most importantly the weight of the piano chords come through loud and clear.

On Wednesday, 17 June 1964, pianist Herbie Hancock went into Van Gelder Studio, in New Jersey, to record what became Empyrean Isles, his fourth album for Blue Note Records. Listen to Empyrean Isles right now. By then, at the age of 24, the bespectacled, classically-trained Chicagoan was already a rising star in the jazz world. Structurally, Empyrean Isles’ opener, ‘One Finger Snap’, which begins with a fleeting unison theme on cornet and piano, before Hubbard breaks off for a solo, demonstrates Hancock’s propensity to take risks – something that he had learned from working with Miles Davis, who instilled in him the notion that there were no wrong notes or mistakes. Williams and Carter initiate a lightly swinging groove, over which Hubbard lets rip with molten cornet lines while Hancock supports him with subtle staccato punctuation.


1 One Finger Snap
2 One Finger Snap (alternate take)
3 Oliloqui Valley
4 Oliloqui Valley (alternate take)
5 Cantaloupe Island
6 The Egg

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


  • Bass – Ron Carter
  • Cornet – Freddie Hubbard
  • Design [Cover] – Reid Miles
  • Drums – Anthony Williams
  • Liner Notes – Nora Kelly
  • Photography By [Cover] – Francis Wolff
  • Piano – Herbie Hancock
  • Producer – Alfred Lion
  • Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
  • Written-By – Herbie Hancock


Recorded on June 17, 1964.

'Both"One FInger Snap" and "Oliloqui Valley" were recorded at the beginning of this classic recording session and then remade at the end of the date. The master take of "One Finger Snap" was chosen from the beginning of the date, while its previously unissued alternate take is a remake at the end of the date. For "Oliloqui Valley", the master is a remake, while the alternate is the firs chosen take. In each case, both takes are masterful performances that deserve release. - Michael Cuscuna'

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BLP 4175 Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles ‎(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Note BLP 4175 US 1964
7243 4 98796 2 1, 498 7962 Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Blue Note, Blue Note 7243 4 98796 2 1, 498 7962 Europe Unknown
TYCJ-81020 Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Blue Note TYCJ-81020 Japan 2013
BSTF 84175 Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles ‎(LP, Album, RE) Blue Note BSTF 84175 France 1975
1421.2007-2 Herbie Hancock The Egg ‎(CD, Album) Music Reflexion 1421.2007-2 Switzerland 1994