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)|
|4||Oliloqui Valley (alternate take)|
|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|