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The result is an album of grace, character and soul. Watermelon Man, Empty Pockets and Driftin' are Hancock classics but all six original songs and the three alternate takes are first rate.
All of this was done by Hancock at age 22. No wonder he was able to easily move on to other, more understated forms of Jazz so easily (Maiden Voyage).
Takin' Off is very underrated and a worthy addition to any collection.
"Takin' Off" makes a big addition to a well-seasoned jazz collection or a great starting-point for those just starting off.
The natural sound of the horns and the rhythm section together makes this one of my favorite acoustic jazz albums of all time. Freddie Hubbard is nothing short of perfect. His clean sound and virtuosity blend perfectly with Dexter Gordon, Herbie, and the rest of the gang.
I highly recommend "Takin' Off" for anyone. It is accessible to those who may have limited interest in jazz yet complex enough to keep jazz enthusiasts engaged.
Highly recommended to all Jazz enthusiasts, it is well worth 5 stars (and more).
TAKIN OFF is Hancock's first solo effort, and a strong one at that. The lineup is pretty impressive with Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Butch Warren (bass), and Billy Higgins (drums). I always thought Gordon was a much better sax player than George Coleman, who appears on MAIDEN VOYAGE, and would have liked to have seen him fill that role.
This record opens up with the popular 'Watermelon Man' which would appear again many years later on HEADHUNTERS, sounding completely different. I actually consider this to be one of the weaker tracks. Next is 'Three Bags Full' which has a beautifully phrased trumpet solo from Hubbard. The interplay between Herbie and the Gordon/Hubbard combination reminds me at times of hearing Coltrane playing with Thelonius Monk. Gordon also shines on this track, sounding comfortable in the setting, with a wonderful solo leading up to Herbie's moment in the sun.
My favorite track is 'Empty Pockets' which open up with Herbie playing the main theme followed by Gordon and Hubbard joining in a few measures later. Every few measures or so, the time doubles and swings for a few moments. The first soloist to follow is Hubbard over the main theme, with Gordon later on. This tracks swings hard at times, and is one of my favorite acoustic Herbie moments.Read more ›
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Herbie Hancock's first and still, to my ears, his best!
'Grew up listening to my dad's mono copy; 'bought my own stereo vinyl copy while away at college; 'got sucked into a... Read more
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 on November 13, 2013 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
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
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