everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!
In this 1963 recording session, pianist Herbie Hancock had a chance to work with a septet that could highlight his burgeoning skills as an arranger and composer. With Hancock’s inventive sense of voicings already defined, it’s a happy mix of inspired charts and spirited blowing that fuses the hard bop of trumpeter Donald Byrd and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley with the bluesy approach of guitarist Grant Green and Hancock’s own fluent soloing and incisive comping. Also notable is the explosive young drummer Tony Williams, who was already showing the distinctive fire that would soon ignite Miles Davis’s band. The track “Blind Man, Blind Man” is a funky romp that clearly builds on Hancock’s remarkable success with the earlier “Watermelon Man” and is a harbinger of the pop success he’d later enjoy with the Headhunters. –Stuart Broomer
Personnel: Herbie Hancock (vocals, piano); Grant Green (guitar); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Grachan Moncur III (trombone); Tony Williams (drums).
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