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Inventions & Dimensions [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Herbie Hancock, Osvaldo Martinez, Willie Bobo, Herbie Hancock / Michael Brecker / Roy Hargrove Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0009VNCAK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Succotash (2005 Digital Remaster) 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Triangle (2005 Digital Remaster)11:01£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jack Rabbit (2005 Digital Remaster) 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mimosa (2005 Digital Remaster) 8:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Jump Ahead (2005 Digital Remaster) 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mimosa (Alternate Take) (2005 Digital Remaster)10:06£2.49  Buy MP3 

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For his third album, Inventions and Dimensions, Herbie Hancock changed course dramatically. Instead of recording another multifaceted album like My Point of View, he explored a Latin-inflected variation of post-bop with a small quartet. Hancock is the main harmonic focus of the music -- his three colleagues are bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Willie Bobo, and percussionist Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez, who plays conga and bongo. It is true that the music is rhythm-intensive, but that doesn't mean it's dance music. Hancock has created an improvisational atmosphere where the rhythms are fluid and the chords, harmonies, and melodies are unexpected. On every song but one, the melodies and chords were improvised, with Hancock's harmonic ideas arising from the rhythms during the recording. The result is risky, unpredictable music that is intensely cerebral and quite satisfying. Inventions and Dimensions displays his willingness to experiment and illustrates that his playing is reaching new, idiosyncratic heights. Listening to this, the subsequent developments of Miles Davis' invitation to join his quartet and the challenging Empyrean Isles come as no surprise. [The 2005 RVG remaster includes an alternate take of "Mimosa".]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Herbie banging at it. 11 Nov 2011
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Having seen HH live a few times and in possession of a good few of his albums, each one markedly different from the last, I must confess to writing this as a convert.This is not the subtle version of the artist by any means. If you are looking to put your feet up and chill out to delicate, melodic music this will not do. So grab a caffeine boost and play this loud. It's percussive and disrespectful of convention but blows the cobwebs away with ease. Think what 'Sorcerer' is to the rest of Miles' catalogue and you're on the right lines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soccotash! 25 April 2007
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I have seen this album around for a while tempting me to buy it but I have so many really solid jazz albums from this era that I do not get enough time to listen that I gave it a miss. I finally relented after seeing it recommended in the Rough Guide and I am not disappointed, The rhytmic settting for these tunes is brilliant with Hancock and the band assembled here on top form. There are also excellent liner notes that put this session into perspective and claims that the unseen guiding hand of Mile Davis is at work, helping Herbie choose the musicians for instance. The setting of the tunes is not startling particularly after such a long time, but there are some genuine momets of magic and I would recommend this to anyone exploring this area of music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Aug 2014
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Fantastic jazz
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice "out-lite" record 6 Oct 2005
By luv my 20D! - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't let the whole thing about "improvised music" fool you - this is not like an Ornette Coleman or Art Ensemble of Chicago disc. It's very structured and accessible - you wouldn't realize it was all improvised unless you read the liner notes.

It's a side of Herbie Hancock you probably haven't heard before. First, he's playing over Latin-tinged grooves. Second, it's rather minimalist, both in instrumentation and in the simplicity and repetitiveness of the melodies. That said, he really tears it up - this is one of my favorite Herbie records. Practically anyone who's into jazz in general or Herbie in particular would dig this side.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any Herbie Hancock you've heard before 24 May 2006
By Michael Hardin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am a jazz pianist and Herbie Hancock is a personal favorite of mine, and he is certainly one of the most versatile musicians to ever come out of jazz. His music and his playing is anywhere from ridiculously funky to absolutely beautiful to out there and crazy. This album, from 1963, most closely follows the third option. One has to wonder where this session came from; Hancock had found his first hit with "Watermelon Man" and spent his second session trying to duplicate that success, albeit with mixed results. This third session for Blue Note sounds nothing like the first two or almost anything in the Blue Note catalogue at that time. Stripped down to trio plus auxiliary percussion with Paul Chambers on bass, Willie Bobo on drums, and Osvaldo Martinez on auxiliary percussion, the group explores Latin grooves in a very subtle way that I can only label "concept-based post-bop." There aren't really any written tunes ("Mimosa" was a set of chord changes and the other tunes are completely improvised) so sketches are built more off of fragments and ideas born in the studio. For example, one tune features the bass playing a pedal tone for four bars followed by Hancock's improvisation in that key for sixteen bars. The music, while abstract, is oddly infectious through the rhythmic approach. In addition, Hancock was working with fairly "inside" musicians, especially Chambers, a first call bop musician. As a result, though free, this music is fairly conservative. Whether or not this is a good thing is a matter of taste; it is controlled and in what many would call "good taste" but at the same time, sometimes that control inhibits the musicians from reaching the full potential of the wild and crazy things that *might* have been born. Thus, this was never able to reach the classic status of the great "out" sessions but it was also kept from descending into meaningless noise that happens when free jazz finds itself uninspired. Instead, it walks a middle path, a relatively safe (though still more adventurous than either of his prior two releases) "free" session which is very interesting, sometimes catchy, but not really a classic. I find it difficult to call any of this session to mind because there aren't memorable melodic moments; it's more about texture. I still enjoy this quite a bit, though, and anyone interested in Herbie Hancock would do well to check out this album to see the germ of his playing with Miles, or perhaps a road he chose not to take.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest "trio" records ever 3 Jun 2004
By Jess Row - Published on Amazon.com
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"Trio" in quotation marks, of course, because there are actually two percussionists on this date, working as a single Afro-Cuban unit. I've always thought that Hancock's piano work is often overshadowed by the musical contexts he chooses to work in; this record is a rare example of Hancock alone at the helm, and it's a pure joy to listen to--an approach to "free" jazz that is relaxed and loose, critiquing jazz traditions without tearing them apart, as in the best work of Eric Dolphy (whom Hancock played with shortly before this recording). In some ways this record is similar to McCoy Tyner's "Plays Duke Ellington," especially in the mixture of Latin textures with jazz harmonies and structures. This is an overlooked gem which belongs in any Herbie Hancock collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CUBA LIBRE - Free jazz meets Cuban rhythms 16 Jan 2004
By G.G. Rossatti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is actually Herbie's first excursion out of the hard-bop prison cell Herbie had built for himself, therefore it contains a lot of ideas which would be developed throughout his entire career, specially in his 'fusion' days. In my opinion, this is Herbie at his most adventurous voyage. The only complaint I have regarding this album is that this one should have been the first H.H. album on the Rudy Van Gelder series, but do not worry about the sound, or the remastering, for it is actually pretty good. Enjoy this trip!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Herbie Hancock Is A Musical Giant 9 Jan 2008
By SFHoliday - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As another reviewer said, you wouldn't realize these compositions are improvised unless you read the liner notes. I first heard this album, original issue, in Santa Barbara in 1982, and its compositions have remained with me since. This music nourishes the mind, as well as the emotions. Listen closely to Succotash: each musical phrase is worthy of expansion into its own composition. Every improvising musician should own and listen to this album. If you appreciate improvisation at a high level, density, non-derivative, yet still accessible music, add Inventions & Dimensions to your collection.
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