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Maiden Voyage (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Maiden Voyage (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

April 8, 1999
4.7 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews

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By R. J. Marsella on April 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This collection with Herbie Hancock fronting a group consisting of the rhythm section of Miles Davis' second quintet; the always amazing Tony Williams and Ron Carter; is an absolute classic from the period. Freddie Hubbard is at times astonishing in his soloing. George Coleman who also did a brief stint with Davis rounds out the group on tenor. While not one of my favorite tenor players overall he does some of his best recorded work on this. Hancock established himself as a composer of jazz standards with Maiden Voyage. His playing on this is comparable to another classic of the period Miles Smiles. Maiden Voyage ,Miles Smiles and Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil are the epitome of where modal jazz was headed in the 60's under the influence of Miles Davis. These fabulous musicians were making history again and again.
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The players on Maiden Voyage are essentially those of the Miles Davis band - but how different from Miles' records it sounds and feels! In 1965, Herbie Hancock's leadership and vision were rapidly taking shape.
This album placed Hancock firmly in the company of the great jazz musicians. He had proved his mettle as an innovative and individual pianist on such excellent records as Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil (Blue Note, 1964) and Miles' E.S.P. (Columbia, 1965), both recorded only months before. Now he led a group he knew intimately, and wrote enduring pieces for the date that were to become admired for decades to come.
The title track sets the tone for the whole record: subtle, measured, contemplative. It's the first solo opportunity for the perpetually underrated George Coleman, who displays virtuosity without arrogance, elegance without contrivance, depth of feeling without sentimentality.
Impeccably orchestrated pieces like "Little One" and the closing "Dolphin Dance" establish Herbie Hancock as the complete musician: inimitable pianist, creative composer, charismatic leader, supreme stylist.
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This is probably the best album Hancock released during his years with Blue Note Records. Hancock had been playing with Miles Davis' Group at the time and the influence comes through on this album with Hancock being more experimental than before. While this did not contain any hit tracks such as "Cantaloupe Island" or "Watermelon Man" it is a classic album that captures Hancock at his finest as a leader, soloist and composer. One of Hancock's finest recordings. rated 5 stars by the All music guide to jazz. also awarded the symbol of merit by the Penguin Guide to jazz. This is essential in every jazz collection, inventive and challenging enough for the long time jazz collector but light and enjoyable for a new fan.
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I was listening to this disc just a moment ago and I decided to make justice for it and decided to review it. This is what I've got to say.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
About The Rudy Van Gelder Edition
(In these RVG edition CDs all transfers from analog to digital are made at 24-bit resolution). The remastering done by Rudy Van Gelder is excellent! The sound Gelder gives the recording - which he originally engineered - a more life like balanced sound that is more pleasing to the ears. The listener is able to hear nuances of the instruments (f.ex. fingers on trumpet valves very clearly). Sometimes the remastering makes you believe that the recording session was held only recently.
By comparison most of the mid 80's Blue Note releases - that have been precursors to RVG editions - are muddy and have little bass definition and an inappropriate amount of treble.
About the packaging
I find it very nice! RVG edition CDs contain the original liner notes and also liner essay ("a new look at" as it is called) from critic Bob Blumenthal, that provides interesting historical insight that may - or may not - reveal new information to the seasoned jazz fan, but definitely could be helpful to new listeners discovering the legacy of Blue Note through these deluxe RVG editions. Also some session photos by Francis Wolff that fold out to full view in the booklet are very nice, some of them are well known and some are published for the first time.
About the music
To put its simply - it is beautiful. Other adjectives that I would use to appraise this disc: reserved, complex, elegant, sophisticated, cerebral, refined/mannered...
It is modal jazz that has some post-bop influences.
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By Tom B. on September 25, 2004
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I don't think I could name a more perfect album than this one, if I tried! That's just how amazing Herbie Hancock's best-known acoustic work is, especially due to the amazing personnel of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, the terribly underrated George Coleman on tenor sax, and the magnificent rythymn team of Ron Carter and Tony Williams, who, along with Herbie, make up the impeccable rhytymn section of Miles's second great quintet. The underwater/out to sea theme of the album is kept throughout, which I'd say is mainly due to Tony Williams's awesome wash and ebb effect he gets through his cymbals for the duration of the album. Of all the tunes, I can't pick a favorite, since it is all five of these amazing Hancock compositions that make this album spectacular. I think that this cd shows both Hubbard and Hancock at the top of their game, and that's saying a lot since I own a lot of magnificent gems that feature these two giants. This is definitely one of the most essential jazz albums ever, so if you don't already own this, do yourself a favor and order it right now!
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