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My Point Of View [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Herbie Hancock, Herbie Hancock / Michael Brecker / Roy Hargrove Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00000K4GO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Blind Man, Blind Man (1999 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 8:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. A Tribute To Someone (1999 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 8:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. King Cobra (1999 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Pleasure Is Mine (1999 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. And What If I Don't Know (1999 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Blind Man, Blind Man (Alternate Take) (1999 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 8:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3.0 out of 5 stars Work in Transition 5 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
Wouldn't disagree too much with the other review for this but would note a word or two of detail for those that maybe know Hancock for his later work or 'Watermelon Man'. At the core of the album are two bluesy numbers, 'Blind Man, Blind Man' and 'And What if I Don't?' and two other Hancock originals, the gently swinging 'A Tribute....' and the more gentle, pleasingly sentimental 'The Pleasure...'; the latter two sounding for all the world like standards from decades earlier. The soloists are well chosen, with Grant Green putting in appearances on the blusey numbers. None of this is anything but fairly standard Blue Note stuff for the time but it's meat and drink to Green, Byrd and Mobley who all turn in perfectly apt and pleasing solos. Hancock also sounds perfectly able to keep up with the more experienced company and offer a little more orignality of his own. The odd-one-out of the bunch is 'King Cobra', a taste of the direction Hancock would go in soon on the classic 'Maiden Voyage'. This is interesting and worth hearing for Hancock and especially Williams but does sound a bit out of place in the surrounding material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great all round 29 Sep 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Herbie Hancock's "My point of View" was one of his less successful albums at the time of release; but although it may lack an instant classic like "Watermelon Man", it's still a great album of inventive and perfectly performed jazz. The re-mastered version is especially worth investing in, as the sound quality is fantastic, and the bonus track, an alternate take of "Blind Man, Blind Man", is that rare thing on a jazz CD, an alternate take that's actually truly different and musically revealing. Hancock's solo on that track is definitely worth a listen, and it follows an album of real intelligence and worh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock`s half-hour 9 Jan 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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After his promising debut Takin` Off, Herbie came out with this remarkably assured album with an eclectic line-up of trumpeter Donald Byrd, too little heard Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Hank Mobley on tenor sax, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Chuck Israels, and a swingin` Tony Williams occupying the drum seat with his customary aplomb.
Some very fine jazz is to be heard here, the mixed bag of musicians playing like they`ve been together for a while. Williams effortlessly drives the whole thing along, and Herbie`s solos are models of concision. Hancock was still a very young man, but genius couldn`t help breaking through, and there are lyrical pointers to his more ethereal, impressionistic later work on some of these tracks. It makes for an intriguing hybrid of styles (and it sure beats the overrated doodlings of Head Hunters).
No need to pick through each track, as there`s a consistency of inventiveness and eloquence on this second record which is a guarantee of excellence.
Some fellow reviewers on this and the US site have tended to damn this album with faint praise, but I think it`s a lovely, fresh, likeable set of numbers, with a gently forlorn ballad halfway through in the shape of the all too brief The Pleasure Is Mine, on which the pianist plays like a dream. (Incidentally, on the back cover of this characteristically well-packaged Blue Note remaster, the timing of this track is inaccurately doubled to 8 mins.)
Without the alternate take of the superb Blind Man, Blind Man (so good he named it twice, and recorded it twice too!) this was indeed Hancock`s half-hour - well, 34 mins to be exact - and the extra track here brings it up to a pleasing 42 mins, all of them treasurable.
There`s little that`s earth-shattering or particularly innovative here, but what you get is a fascinating album of funky-lyrical jazz with that mix of restraint and joy that is, to me at any rate, irresistible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Herbie has his way (but not his piano) 12 Jun 2006
By Samuel Chell - Published on
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Simply put, "Blind Man, Blind Man" is an attempt to come up with another "Watermelon Man" and scarcely rates one listen, so the addition of the alternate take is hardly a bonus (though Mobley deserves some credit for coming up with a few things to say on a single Bb7 chord). The other tracks are highly worthy Hancock originals, full of unusual melody making and unexpected harmonies. "Tribute to Someone" contains a risk-taking yet complete and satisfying solo by Mobley, who also takes chances on "And What If I Don't," faltering a bit this time but still communicative.

"King Cobra" and "The Pleasure Is Mine" are showcases for Hancock's composing and arranging skills, his close harmonizations of the three horns producing some of the richest textures I've ever heard by him. Here Byrd, Mobley, and Moncur form a tight and responsive choir to the antiphonal statements of piano and guitar.

Recording engineer Van Gelder has always had a talent for making his horns sound bigger than life as well as for bringing out all of the sizzle and ring in a drummer's ride cymbal. But the sound of his pianos is always muffled and "bottled up," at best an acquired taste. On this recording, the trademark Van Gelder piano sound is more in evidence than ever. Frankly, I would like to be able to hear Herbie's own idea of how a piano should sound.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herbie's Best 17 July 2000
By Frank Bock - Published on
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this is Herbie Hancock's best bluenote album. Blind Man, Blind Man is a rewrite of Watermellon Man, but the addition of guitar (Grant Green) and trombone (Grachan Moncur III) give the arrangement a more interesting edge. The next two songs, A Tribute To Someone and King Cobra are the best that Herbie ever wrote. Hank Mobley and Donald Byrd play beautiful on them. Mobley in particular, never sounded so pretty before or after as he does here. And Tony Williams, eighteen on this recording, plays with the maturity and restraint of someone 3 times his age.
A Tribute To Someone and King Cobra, to me, are better than anything Herbie Hancock ever recorded, solo or otherwise. That alone to me makes this record even more essential than Maiden Voyage or Emperyan Isles. The Pleasure is Mind is no Dolphin Dance and And What If I Don't is no Cantaloupe Island, but don't let that stop you from buying this. And don't let reviewers who dream of hearing Maiden Voyage Part II lead you to believe that My Point Of View is in any way inferior to anything Herbie ever recorded for bluenote. And as I mentioned before, if you are a fan of Hank Mobley (as I am) or Donald Byrd, both of them are in prime form. Mobley is at his best. Get the album.
5.0 out of 5 stars very Cool 18 May 2014
By williamlittle - Published on
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I enjoy this cd the lineup of player was excellent. Blind man is very cool composition. I love Herbie Hancock
10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not Essential 13 July 2000
By James D. Spackman - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Some nice, bluesy/funky writing, and good playing all around, but nothing spectacular. Despite the large group, the arrangements never get too busy. If you like Hancock, you'll like this CD, but it won't knock you off your feet like MAIDEN VOYAGE does.
7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent But Unexceptional Session 28 Mar 2000
By Scott McFarland - Published on
Format:Audio CD
"Blind Man, Blind Man" is a nice bluesy composition, and "King Cobra" is a decent bop tune. The album as a whole is less impressive than his first was, and not as impressive as the ones that followed, though there's nothing wrong with it per se.
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