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Empyrean Isles (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
 
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Empyrean Isles (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

23 Mar. 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 Mar. 1999
  • Release Date: 23 Mar. 1999
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 53:49
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  • ASIN: B001JL6F0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,844 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy Hamilton on 9 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I remember hesitating about buying this back in the sixties...my meagre pocket money wouldn't stretch to buying an album without a sax player...even if it was an album by Herbie Hancock.I managed to get a secondhand mono copy from the Dobells used list.Those were the days.I've since bought the Stereo disc & quite a few CDs for friends as it's become apparent that this is one of the greatest albums from the mid sixties period. Not content with influencing an entire generation of pianists as a member of the Miles Davis group, Hancock went into the studio with Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Freddie Hubbard and four original tunes and came out with one hit ...Cantaloupe Island...and a record of the highest achievements in improvisation in modern jazz.I mean....Freddie Hubbard's solo on 'One Finger Snap' never ceases to amaze....not least because on the alternate take he doesn't repeat one idea or phrase.The same with Herbie....his solos are thoughtful inventive and addictive to listen to because of the way he negotiates tricky changes with such grace.Ron and Tony are peerless and the recording is fabulous. I'm not sure that the sixties ever got better than this.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By mtro on 30 Sept. 2005
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Empyrean Isles by Herbie Hancock could be viewed as a warm up for Maiden Voyage, universally accepted as one of the greatest jazz albums ever produced. On Empyrean Isles, the celebrated Hancock/Carter/Williams rhythm section (working in Miles Davis's band at the time) combine with the artistry of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, (the whole group, together with saxophonist George Coleman, recorded Maiden Voyage) who provides an interesting contrast to Davis, with his more aggresive, Coltrane-influenced take on Hard Bop trumpet playing. The aggressive opener 'One Finger Snap' is pure floating groove as generally associated with the rhythm section, while Oliquoi Valley takes a more relaxed but still powerful bent as Freddie Hubbard and Herbie Hancock show their affinity for one another's playing style. The third track is the well known 'Cantaloupe Island' that in the style of 'Watermelon Man' from 'Takin' Off' provides a modal blues line with a stunning groove. The final track is 'The Egg' a free improvisation, where Ron Carter in particular shines. It's interesting to note the disparity in approach between 'The Egg' and other early free jazz, for example the work of Ornette Coleman. Overall this album shows Herbie Hancock's self-assuredness at this early stage in his career and may have never been topped, even by Maiden Voyage, depending on your point of view.
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My title for this review pretty much says it all , a wonderful slice of Jazz played by a bunch of high quality musicians who had perfected their mutual craft on other peoples equally seminal recordings.
One of things that I have truly become to love about Jazz is that many of the musicians are so invloved with each others recordings and by simply picking up one release you can find yourself entertained and indeed captured by not only the group performance but inspired enough to go out and hunt down other recordings by the amazing people involved - for example for me after hearing this I had to track down more of Freddie Hubbards back catalogue.
Herbie Hancock him self played with both Miles and Coltrane and it is with this fine legacy that this record and many others like it continues to entertain me in my quest for a serious jazz collection..
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By Constantino Ramos on 21 Mar. 2014
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Item required as expected in perfect condition's. Great quality especially if you consider the price. Can definitely recommend this item for others that enjoy this type of tune
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By TheShadow on 20 Nov. 2014
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This is just immense, and I will never tire of listening to it. I would say its a contender for one of my top 10 albums of all time.
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