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"Takin' Off" makes a big addition to a well-seasoned jazz collection or a great starting-point for those just starting off.
In addition to this album, I also recommend MAIDEN VOYAGE which was from a couple years later and we can hear a constantly maturing Hancock.
"Watermelon Man" is an exuberant romp given vivid life by the horns of Gordon and Hubbard, as well as the rollicking piano of Hancock.
This is a good version of HH's first album on Blue Note. Good arrangements and players add to a great introduction for a musical career that has spanned and survived for four... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gary Proctor
very good arrangements and a superb hancock sound.I am happy that I bought this fine piece,almost classic recording.
A pleasure to listen.
I was trolling around on youtube and found an interview that Herbie had done about how he came to write "Watermelon Man. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by James E. Gray II
Recorded in May 1962, midway through Herbie Hancock's two year Jazz apprenticeship that began the year before, all of the signs of his future greatness are here. Read morePublished on June 5, 2008 by Michael Birman
While not quite a classic, Herbie's debut is still solid post-bop, even though there were better albums on the way. Read morePublished on March 25, 2008 by finulanu
Takin' Off was Herbie Hancock's first album as a leader, having served as pianist for five previously released sessions with trumpeter Donald Byrd. Read morePublished on March 18, 2008 by Jack Baker
What is with jazz musicians naming their debuts egotistically anyway? Mingus' first major label album gets pegged as Pithecanthropus Erectus, which just screams "I am artist, hear... Read morePublished on November 18, 2007 by finulanu
This album is pure gold. Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard take some of the most melodic and beautiful solos in the history of recorded jazz- not to mention Herbie's solos, where... Read morePublished on March 24, 2006 by Wendy Fortunato