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  • New Jazz Conceptions New Jazz Conceptions Quick View

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    New Jazz Conceptions

    In 1956, Bill Evans was virtually unknown (it would be more than a year before he first gained notice as part of the celebrated Miles Davis Sextet). His initial album attracted little attention back then, but listening with hindsight it is easy to hear in these highly individual trio and solo treatments a clear prophecy of the rich inventiveness that so deeply influenced Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and an entire generation of jazz pianists.


    Originally released in 1956.

    1. I Love You
    2. Five
    3. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
    4. Conception
    5. Easy Living
    6. Displacement
    7. Speak Low
    8. Waltz for Debby
    9. Our Delight
    10. My Romance
    11. No Cover, No Minimum
    Bill Evans Trio
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  • Head Hunters Head Hunters Quick View

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    Head Hunters


    Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-Lamination Tip-On Jacket


    Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!


    There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.


    In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer, and later on he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.


    Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded Head Hunters. Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).


    Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and hip-hop.

    1. Chameleon
    2. Watermelon Man
    3. Sly
    4. Vein Melter
    Herbie Hancock
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  • Head Hunters (45 RPM) Head Hunters (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Head Hunters (45 RPM)

    Herbie Hancock's Masterpiece, Now Cut At 45 RPM!


    The Second Highest-Selling Jazz Album Of All Time!


    Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-Lamination Tip-On Jacket


    Double LP 200-Gram Discs Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!


    There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.


    In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti, and Sorcerer, and later on, he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.


    Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973 in San Francisco, recorded Head Hunters.


    Head Hunters became not only Hancock's best-selling album but also the second highest selling jazz album of all time (at last RIAA count). It was in 1973 that he gathered a new band to combine electric music with funk, perhaps best exemplified in the pop music of Sly Stone.


    Hancock took over all synthesizer duties, along with Fender Rhodes and clavinet and was backed by bass and drums. The opening bars of Watermelon Man with Bill Summers blowing into a beer bottle, along with the band's funky grooves and new electric sounds, captured the crossover fans who had otherwise avoided buying jazz records.


    Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront of jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).


    Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop.

    1. Chameleon
    2. Watermelon Man
    3. Sly
    4. Vein Melter
    Herbie Hancock
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Polka Dots & Moonbeams Polka Dots & Moonbeams Quick View

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    Polka Dots & Moonbeams

    Import


    Limited direct metal mastered 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this album from the Jazz great.


    With the passage of time, Bill Evans has become an entire school unto himself for pianists and a singular mood unto himself for listeners. There is no more influential jazz-oriented pianist -- only McCoy Tyner exerts nearly as much pull among younger players and journeymen -- and Evans has left his mark on such noted players as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau. Borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, Evans brought a new, introverted, relaxed, lyrical, European classical sensibility into jazz -- and that seems to have attracted a lot of young conservatory-trained pianists who follow his chord voicings to the letter in clubs and on stages everywhere. Indeed, classical pianists like Jean-Yves Thibaudet have recorded note-for-note transcriptions of Evans' performances, bringing out the direct lineage with classical composers. In interviews, Evans often stressed that pianists should thoroughly learn technique and harmony so that they can put their inspiration to maximum use. Since he already had those tools in hand, he worked very hard on his touch, getting the special, refined tone that he wanted out of a piano. He also tried to democratize the role of the bassist and drummer in his succession of piano trios, encouraging greater contrapuntal interplay.


    - Richard S. Ginell (All Music Guide)

    1. Re: Person I Knew
    2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
    4. Stairway To The Stars
    5. If You Could See Me Now
    6. It Might As Well Be Spring
    7. In Love In Vain
    8. Very Early
    9. Gymnopedie
    Bill Evans
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  • River: The Joni Letters River: The Joni Letters Quick View

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    River: The Joni Letters

    On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band--including saxophonist Wayne Shorter--in tow. Luminary guests lend vocals to a song apiece: Norah Jones (Court and Spark), Tina Turner (Edith and the Kingpin), Corinne Bailey Rae (River), Luciana Souza (Amelia), Leonard Cohen (with an unsettlingly sanguine version of The Jungle Line), even Joni Mitchell herself (Tea Leaf Prophecy). The mix includes a continuum from intrepid classics to dusty, fans-only fare, but a distinct reverence for Joni Mitchell the Poet threads them together, and, in the end, this album works best as a sleepy window into one fan's giddy and particular love affair with his source material. Fans of Hancock win out.

    1. Court and Spark featuring Norah Jones
    2. Edith and the Kingpin featuring Tina Turner
    3. Both Sides Now
    4. River featuring Corinne Bailey Rae
    5. Sweet Bird Listen Listen
    6. Tea Leaf Prophecy featuring Joni Mitchell
    7. Solitude
    8. Amelia featuring Luciana Souza
    9. Nefertiti
    10. The Jungle Line featuring Leonard Cohen
    Herbie Hancock
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Sextant Sextant Quick View

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    Sextant

    Reissued for the First Time Since 1973!


    Herbie Hancock is one of the most prolific jazz pianists of the 20th century. A child prodigy, he played with the greats such as Donald Byrd and Miles Davis. He was one of the first to embrace and master the electric piano, but he always stayed true to the acoustic sound. In fact, he always bounced back and forth between his electronic and acoustic sound, touching upon almost every development in R&B, Funk and Jazz while retaining an original and distinctive voice.


    Sextant from 1973 was recorded just before Head Hunters, and can be seen in the same vein, but it's more than just an introduction to a masterpiece. It features a kind of post-modal, free impressionism while gracing the edges of funk. Three long instrumental tracks explore how far minimalism in jazz can go.

    1. Rain Dance
    2. Hidden Shadows
    3. Hornets
    Herbie Hancock
    $32.99
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  • V.S.O.P. V.S.O.P. Quick View

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    V.S.O.P.

    One Of A Kind
    Third Plane
    Jessica
    Lawra
    Darts
    Dolores
    Little Waltz
    Byrdlike
    Herbie Hancock
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  • Maiden Voyage Maiden Voyage Quick View

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    Maiden Voyage

    Maiden Voyage is arguably the best in Herbie Hancock's series of fine Blue Note albums from the 60s. Every single cut on this album from the haunting Maiden Voyage to the gentle, swinging Dolphin Dance has found its way into the standard jazz repertoire. Herbie Hancock fashioned a modern jazz milestone here with extraordinary compositions, interplay and solos.


    Every single tune on this album from the haunting Maiden Voyage to the gentle, swinging Dolphin Dance has found its way into the standard jazz repertoire. Herbie Hancock fashioned a modern jazz milestone with extraordinary compositions, interplay and solos.



    Originally released in 1965.



    Herbie Hancock, piano

    Ron Carter, bass

    George Coleman, tenor saxophone

    Freddie Hubbard, trumpet

    Anthony Williams, drums

    1. Maiden Voyage
    2. The Eye Of The Hurricane
    3. Little One
    4. Survival Of The Fittest
    5. Dolphin Dance
    Herbie Hancock
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  • Soul Eyes Soul Eyes Quick View

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    Soul Eyes

    Singer, songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs will release her debut full-length album Soul Eyes on Blue Note Records. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), the album touches upon soul and pop while channeling her jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing. Kandace counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them.


    Kandace's journey to discovering her uniqueness didn't happen overnight. In fact, her 2014 self-titled debut EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip-hop bent with production by Pop & Oak (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miguel). The EP was incredibly well-received and led to performances on Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as appearances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals.


    Kandace was dubbed a "suave songstress" (Wall Street Journal), "a versatile and vital artist" (Afropunk), and "a vocal force to be reckoned with" (Okayplayer). Essence Magazine named her a New & Next artist and Interview Magazine made her their Music Discovery, writing that while "Hearing the word jazz might revert a listener's thoughts to the music of yesteryear...Up-and-comer Kandace Springs aims to change this notion. The singer, songwriter, and pianist blends elements of soul, jazz, and pop, producing a unique and modern twist on the genre that appeals to young and old listeners alike."


    As amazing an experience as that was, as Kandace got ready to record her album she couldn't shake the feeling that she wasn't yet singing her true self. Conversations with her longtime producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers led to soul searching and rethinking her musical direction. Also during this period, Kandace attracted the attention of Prince, who heard her makeover of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" on the website Okayplayer. The music icon invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. "He encouraged me a lot before I recorded this new record, especially during the time in which I was trying to figure out my sound," Kandace says. "He told me that I needed to do what comes naturally to me. He was absolutely right."


    For Soul Eyes, Kandace continued working closely with Rogers and Sturken, but they also recruited Klein to help the singer bring out her distinctive artistic traits. "Larry wanted me to be free in the studio," she recalls. "I've been through a lot of other sessions in which the producer tries to take control of your sound. Larry was just like, 'Go in and play what you feel.' That ultimately led to the best outcome; he captured this record perfectly."


    Klein praises Kandace as a "natural." "In this era, in which flash and hunger for fame is often equated with talent, she's that rare person who sings and plays because that is what she needs to do in life," he says. "When I first heard Kandace, I was sold after hearing one song. Her smoky voice coupled with a sense of phrasing way beyond her years, and her angular way of accompanying herself on piano grabbed me right away."


    The eleven songs contained on Soul Eyes are a mix of Kandace's originals and co-writes as well as the jazz classic "Soul Eyes" and songs by Jesse Harris, Shelby Lynne, War, and others. The album features Kandace's playing piano alongside an illustrious cast of musicians that includes trumpeter Terence Blanchard, guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, organist Pete Kuzma, bassist Dan Lutz, percussionist Pete Korpela.

    1. Talk To Me
    2. Soul Eyes feat. Terence Blanchard
    3. Place To Hide
    4. Thought It Would Be Easier
    5. Novocaine Heart
    6. Neither Old Nor Young
    7. Too Good Too Last feat. Terence Blanchard
    8. Fall Guy
    9. The World Is A Ghetto
    Kandace Springs
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    Maiden Voyage


    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Arguably one of Herbie Hancock's greatest album from the '60s, Maiden Voyage is his fifth album, recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1965. Featuring five
    original Hancock compositions, Maiden Voyage features Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor sax, Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on
    bass and Anthony Williams on drums. In 1999 Maiden Voyage was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame. Remastered by Alan Yoshida, Maiden
    Voyage will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records
    President, Don Was.

    1. Maiden Voyage
    2. The Eye Of The Hurricane
    3. Little One
    4. Survival Of The Fittest
    5. Dolphin Dance

    Herbie Hancock
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  • My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine Quick View

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    My Funny Valentine

    Numbered, Limited Edition


    Historic Recording Captures Elegant Ballads Performed at February 1964 Concert


    Audiophile Reference-Standard Sound: Album Boasts Lifelike Tones, Balances, Images, and Ambience


    Davis Taps Divine Inspiration: Compositions Marked by Deep Emotions, Spontaneous Brilliance, Sensitive Beauty, and Sublime Poignancy


    Miles Davis' My Funny Valentine marks several historic turning points. For Davis, the live album represents the final time on record he'd perform standards rather than original compositions. It also stands as one of the last documents made by the same band that created Seven Steps of Heaven. As such, the work teems with bebop melodicism yet steers clear of Davis' oft-controversial avant-garde leanings. Most significantly, however, the set captures the ballads performed at a benefit concert from New York's then-new Philharmonic Hall just months after President Kennedy's assassination. Tapping into a seemingly divine inspiration, Davis never sounded so elegant or poetic.


    Boasting gorgeous sound and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's choice reissue of the trumpeter's scintillating work bookends the label's release of Four & More from the same show and features similar enhancements relating to depth, presence, dynamics, clarity, and ambience. Presented in reference-standard fidelity, the record boasts balances, tonalities, and airiness that duplicate the experience of witnessing live jazz in an acoustically ideal hall. The images of each individual instrument, the decay of the notes, the inner reaches of the piano, and symmetry of the horns-all are rendered with palpable detail. This is the very definition of reach-out-and-touch-it realism.


    Staged as a benefit to support voter registration in the South, the February concert came amidst the height of the Civil Rights movement, a cause dear to Davis' heart. Yet unforeseen circumstances raised the stakes. Having professed his admiration for Kennedy years prior, Davis appears to approach the compositions on My Funny Valentine (and, in particular, the title track) as homage to the fallen leader, a collective soliloquy comprised of pieces shot through with deeply emotional passages, spontaneous brilliance, sensitive beauty, and sublime poignancy. Elegiac moods permeate the performances; Davis and his Harmon mute paint with intricate brushstrokes.


    Pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams are their leader's equal, and would continue with Davis until later in the decade, helping form what's now known as the "second great quintet." But the secret weapon on both My Funny Valentine and its sister Four & More arrives in the form of tenor saxophonist George Coleman, whom jazz experts Brian Morton and Richard Cook deem "one of the unsung heroes of modern jazz." His lines are subtle and sophisticated, straightahead but capable of unanticipated direction, and here, he comes into his own. As does the entire band.


    Indeed, the combination of introspective chemistry, lyrical reach, and telepathic communication demonstrated by the quintet on My Funny Valentine arguably exceeds that on any of Davis' myriad other live efforts. One listen confirms something special transpiring, and on this Mobile Fidelity reissue, those properties are rendered in a manner that's as transparent to the source as humanly possible. Do not miss this.

    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. All of You
    3. Stella By Starlight
    4. All Blues
    5. I Thought About You
    Miles Davis
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  • Man-Child (Speakers Corner) Man-Child (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Man-Child (Speakers Corner)

    After his early avant-garde years with Blue Note Records, Herbie Hancock achieved much success with pop music fans by gradually turning towards a mixture of Afro-American styles in which he combined soul, jazz and funk. Having composed the soundtrack to Bill Cosby's animated children's show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and released a popular family-orientated album entitled Fat Albert Rotunda, Hancock stated that instead of looking for jazz musicians who could play funky music, he had searched for funk musicians with a feeling for jazz. That this concept functions only too well is demonstrated in the funky album Man-Child, which features such brilliant jazz musicians as Wayne Shorter, Bennie Maupin and Ernie Watts. But wait! There's no narcissistic showing off here as in a jam session. The whole band performs as one, playing concentrated grooves around Hancock's carefully intertwined electronic sounds. The result is a fast-paced funky style, due to the collective efforts of the band, although each member is given ample opportunity to show off his prowess in short solo interludes and thus delight the listener with his unique style.



    Musicians:



    • Bud Brisbois (trumpet)

    • Garnett Brown (trombone)

    • Dick Hyde (tuba, bass trombone)

    • Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone)

    • Bennie Maupin (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, saxello, bass clarinet, flute)

    • Jim Horn (saxes, flute)

    • Stevie Wonder (harmonica)

    • Herbie Hancock (keyboard)

    • David T. Walker (guitar)

    • Wah Wah Watson (guitar, voice bag, synthesizer)

    • Henry Davis (electric bass)

    • James Gadson (drums)

    • Bill Summers (percussion)



    Recording: July 1975 at Wally Heider Recording Studios, San Francisco / Village Recorders, Los Angeles / Funky Features, San Francisco / Crystal Studios, Los Angeles

    Production: David Rubinson & Friends Inc. and Herbie Hancock



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Hang Up Your Hang Ups
    2. Sun Touch
    3. The Traito
    4. Bubbles
    5. Steppin' In It
    6. Heartbeat
    Herbie Hancock
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Flood (Speakers Corner) Flood (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Flood (Speakers Corner)

    In the summer of 1975, the Herbie Hancock Sextet made a hugely successful tour of Japan, which made people aware of a 'new' Hancock. The last LP that the keyboard virtuoso had recorded, Thrust, was already one year old, and the film music for the Charles Bronson classic Death Wish was received negatively by his fans. At his concerts in Tokyo, Herbie Hancock reached back to his hits: Maiden Voyage, Chameleon, and the famous, soulful Watermelon Man made the fans at his concert hall and open-air appearances go wild with enthusiasm. Forty years later I have the courage to confess that I couldn't have cared less about this music at the time; in Europe there was enough that was new and exciting to see and listen to. However, this re-release in its original format has given me the opportunity to check out whether this music has withstood the test of time. And I must say: it has passed the test! Just listen to Herbie at his best!
    Dr. Michael Frohne



    Musicians:



    • Herbie Hancock (keyboard)

    • Bennie Maupin (saxophone, clarinet, flute, percussion)

    • Blackbird McKnight (guitar)

    • Paul Jackson (bass)

    • Mike Clark (drums)

    • Bill Summers (conga, percussion)




    Recording: June and July 1975 at Shibuja Kohkaido and Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, by Tomoo Suzuki
    Production: David Rubinson




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Herbie Hancock
    $64.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Crossings (Speakers Corner) Crossings (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Crossings (Speakers Corner)

    In the 1970s, Herbie Hancock's Crossings was to be found on every IKEA record shelf in the student pads of jazz-fusion fans. The cover, with its psychedelic touch, also contributed significantly to its popularity - although it was unclear where the crossing was going to take us


    Nevertheless, the excellent trumpeter Eddie Henderson - often underestimated as an improviser and composer, and Benny Maupin - who like Hancock had grown up under Miles Davis's wing, present a wide range of sound-generating instruments - as was all the rage in those days. Synthesizer and Mellotron (a polyphonic tape replay keyboard and as such practically the prototype of the sampler) were permanent members of the group - and even produce here melodic arches of sound! Whether Bennie Maupin's Quasar launches the group and us into extraterrestrial territory (as stated in one review) is a moot point.


    This LP is a contemporary historical document, though it certainly doesn't sound antiquated. That's why younger listeners too will find pleasure in this experiment from the previous millennium.


    Musicians:



    • Herbie Hancock (electric-piano, piano, mellotron, percussion)

    • Bennie Maupin (soprano saxophone, flute, bass clarinet, piccolo flute, percussion)

    • Eddie Henderson (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion)

    • Julian Priester (trombonbe, percussion)

    • Patrick Gleeson (synthesizer)

    • Buster Williams (bass, percussion)

    • Billy Hart (drums, percussion)



    Recording: February 1972 at Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA., by Patrick Gleason

    Production: David Rubinson



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Sleeping Giant
    2. Quasar
    3. Water Torture
    Herbie Hancock
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    Empyrean Isles

    Recorded in 1964, Herbie Hancock's "Empyrean Isles," will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. "Empyrean Isles" was Hancock's fourth album for Blue Note and features Freddie Hubbard on cornet. This release debuts two of Hancock's most treasured songs, "One Finger Snap" and "Cantaloupe Island."
    1. One Finger Snap
    2. Oliloqui Valley
    3. Cantaloupe Island
    4. The Egg
    Herbie Hancock
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    Englewood Cliffs Sessions (On Sale)

    In legendary Jazz producer Rudy Van Gelder's studio's Englewood Cliff Sessions came to life; a Souljazz album by Dutch Jazz organist Rob Mostert.


    It's a truly buzzing album, too; Influenced by great artists such as Jimmy Smith, Jimy McCriff, J.S. Bach, en Herbie Hancock and inspired by his surroundings, Rob recorded an album with Rudy that howls, moans, and swings like no other.


    All the great music that was recorded there for labels such as Blue Note, Verve! and CTI seeped out of the walls and immersed Rob in a Smooth jazz esthetic.
    Beautiful Hammond Souljazz, now also available on vinyl!


    180 grams audiophile vinyl

    Gatefold sleeve

    Includes one bonus track Blues DeLuxe

    Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder (Blue Note Records)

    LP1
    Side A


    The D.O.G.
    Killer Bee
    Organic Moves


    Side B


    All I Need
    Hey Jop
    Song For My Daddy
    Sales Call


    LP2
    Side A


    Groove Control
    You Sexy Thang
    Back At The Chicken Shack


    Side B


    BluesDeLuxe
    Summertime
    Black Coffee
    J's Blues (Song For Julian)

    Rob Mostert
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    Hand On The Torch

    Pressed At Pallas In Germany


    Features Bonus Track And 6-Page Deluxe Packaging


    Hand on the Torch is the debut album for the jazz-rap group Us3. It received much attention because of its mix of jazz and rap, using live jazz musicians. All samples used on the album are from old Blue Note classics: the most famous being Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island, used on the track Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia), which was recorded with two different music videos.


    This debut album for jazz-rap group Us3 was released in 1993 on the Blue Note label. Throughout the 14 selections, samples are found from music by Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, The Jazz Messengers, Lou Donaldson, Thelonious Monk, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, and Horace Silver.

    LP1
    1. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
    2. I Got It Goin' On
    3. Different Rhythms Different People
    4. It's Like That
    5. Just Another Brother
    6. Cruisin'
    7. I Go To Work


    LP2
    1. Tukka Yoot's Riddim
    2. Knowledge of Self
    3. Lazy Day
    4. Eleven Long Years
    5. Make Tracks
    6. The Darkside
    7. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Instrumental version)

    Us3
    $59.99
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    Thrust

    It's no surprise that Thrust is right on par with Herbie Hancock's legendary Headhunters release as it happens to feature almost the exact same line up of musicians. Its jumping, multi-rhythmic, deep groove music remains some of Hancock's finest and it sounds as invigorating and fresh as it did over 30 years ago.
    1. Palm Grease
    2. Actual Proof

    3. Butterfly
    4. Spank-A-Lee
    Herbie Hancock
    $34.99
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    Inventions & Dimensions (Awaiting Repress)

    Herbie Hancock was only 23 when he recorded the amazing Inventions And Dimensions, his third Blue Note album. While Hancock had already recorded Takin' Off and My Point Of View, he had quickly developed his own innovative style, and was about to become a member of the Miles Davis Quintet. Inventions and Dimensions is unlike anything he had previously created. Hancock manages the impossible feat of performing music that is both free form and very accessible. In teaming up with bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Willie Bobo and percussionist Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez, Hancock might have been expected to play Latin jazz, but in reality this innovative album has Hancock freely improvising all of the pieces. He creates music that has melodies, drama, development, exciting moments and logical if unexpected conclusions. His performances may sound arranged and worked out in advance but Hancock made it all up on the spot, quite an accomplishment. Very few other pianists in the history of jazz could do this, but Herbie Hancock made it all seem effortless, creating a timeless gem as easily as most people breathe.



    Features:



    •  Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!

    •  Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech

    •  Cut at 45rpm for Better Sound!

    •  Pressed on two 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI

    •  Limited Edition

    •  Numbered

    •  Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    •  Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution


    Musicians:



    • Herbie Hancock, piano

    • Paul Chambers, bass

    • Willie Bobo, drums

    • Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez, percussion  


    This title is not eligible for discount.


    1. Succotash
    2. Triangle
    3. Jack Rabbit
    4. Mimosa
    5. A Jump Ahead

    Herbie Hancock
    $49.99
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    Filles De Kilimanjaro

    Numbered, Limited Edition


    Davis' Self-Proclaimed "Directions in Music" March Begins Here


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Abundant Jazz, Funk, and Rock Textures Rotate Around a Luscious Tonal Center


    Landmark 1968 Effort Recognized as Davis' Prelude Into Full-On Fusion: Exotic Suite-Like Album Beautiful, Intense, Adventurous


    Miles Davis' move into full-on fusion starts here. Abandoning his bebop roots and chasing electric dreams, rock-based rhythms, and ostinato pulses, the icon gives life to new music forms on Filles de Kilimanjaro, a titanic release prized for its historical significance and lasting beauty. Grounded and focused, the five compositions unfold like a unified suite. Such peak lyricism, flourishes, and phrases are experienced in the highest-possible fidelity on Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM 2LP set.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, this collectable audiophile version of Filles de Kilimanjaro joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity. Loaded with revealing signatures, the record takes on even greater import when heard the way Davis and his mates discerned it in the studio. Backgrounds are squid-ink black, pianissimo lines shimmer, and the electric piano emerges with tube-amp warmth.


    Indeed, the exotic sound, touch, and feel of the songs on Filles de Kilimanjaro are as crucial as the melodies. To that extent, listeners can now enjoy the expressive tonalities and lush colors from each instrument in full-range glory. Voicings, harmonics, and pitches are rendered with exquisite detail. The manners in which the textures and phrases rotate what seems like a unified tonal center places you at the original recording sessions, executed in July and September 1968.


    The final appearance of Davis' classic second quintet bears fruit on three of the record's cuts, including the title track and R&B-tinted "Frelon Brun." Sparked with restrained funk, driving grooves, and bluesy accents, Filles de Kilimanjaro maintains an instinctive flow and controlled fredom that permit Davis to oversee an innovative blending of alterations, improvisation, and cycles. Comprised of multiple sections, "Petits Machins" is a lesson in perfectly played melodic complexity, with chromatic riffs, dominant chords, syncopated progressions, and switching meters forming a singular mosaic.


    Filles de Kilimanjaro also represents a jumping-off point for Davis' lineup. For the September sessions, Chick Corea replaced Herbie Hancock while Dave Holland relieved Ron Carter. The new additions speak a different albeit common language, fitting in with Davis' desire to draw from rock and weave funk into open-minded excursions filled with exoticism, soulfulness, and wonder.


    More than 40 years ago, this record epitomized the future of jazz. Davis even announced such aspirations with the tagline "Directions in Music." With the jazz world still trying to wrap its collective mind around its genius, it still does.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Frelon Brun
    2. Tout de Suite
    3. Petits Machins
    4. Filles de Kilimanjaro
    5. Mademoiselle Mary
    Miles Davis
    $49.99
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    In A Silent Way

    In A Silent Way is regarded as the first of Miles' fusion albums which was only the highway to deliver one of the Jazz History masterpieces, Bitches Brew. In A Silent Way featured a full-blown electric approach: An album which ís kicking categories of music to the curb and owes much of its essence to rock improvisers like John McLaughlin a newcomer at the time- and to pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.


    'Space Music' some said, but Miles only was just going his way as always. Free jams with hardly any no structure but still so sustained that they speak volumes about the sensitivity of the musicians involved.

    Shhh / Peaceful
    In A Silent Way / It's About That Time
    Miles Davis
    $19.99
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    Gershwin's World

    Play 33 1/3 Series


    From The Original Master Of Universal Music


    Pressed At Pallas In Germany


    Recorded on 180g heavy-weight vinyl to ensure quality sound, packaged in gatefold cover, and covered by premium protective vinyl outer sleeve.


    The "Play 33 1/3 LP Series" features masterpiece albums released in the '90s converted for the first time world-wide to analog Long Playing record. The album cover and package created after months of graphic work and processes by hand enhanced its excellence and to ensure the record's superb sound quality, the German MMP, who undertook the record production of EMI Germany and Universal, utilized a heavy weight 180g vinyl LP to contain the sound. Khiov who was in charge of the planning and production of many LP miniature series took charge of the album cover production spending 6 months to create a masterpiece.


    This project was highly scrutinized passing rigid testing at the factory in Germany. Even the performers themselves had not been able to put their hands on the LP version of their own albums as their home country had not produced them. The LPs produced by this project certainly have become must-have items by LP lovers all around the world.


    In the age where faster and more convenient is thought to be better, the increase in demand for the retro vinyl LP worldwide is clearly attributed to the satisfaction from the sound offered by analog products impossible to be replicated by CD and digital products and the delight of touching, feeling, and possessing this masterpiece-like large artwork. Furthermore, LP records have both rarity and history that increase their value over time and serve as an attractive factor for collectors.

    LP1
    1. Overture (Fascinating Rhythm)
    2. Ain't Necessarily So
    3. The Man I Love
    4. Here Come De Honey Man
    5. St. Louis Blues
    6. Lullaby


    LP2
    1. Blueberry Rhyme
    2. It Ain't Necessarily So (Interlude)
    3. Cotton Tail
    4. Summertime
    5. My Man's Gone Now
    6. Prelude in C# Minor
    7. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G, 2nd Movement
    8. Embraceable You

    Herbie Hancock
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Step Lightly

    Trumpeter Blue Mitchell's Blue Note debut went unissued for 17 years, only coming out on this 1980 LP (not yet reissued on CD). The set must have been lost in the shuffle, for the music is consistently excellent. Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, altoist Leo Wright, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Roy Brooks perform four originals and obscurities, plus lyrical versions of Sweet and Lovely and Cry Me a River. Worth searching for.
    Side 1.
    1. Mamacita
    2. Sweet And Lovely
    3. Andrea
    Side 2.
    1. Step Lightly
    2. Cry Me A River
    3. Bluesville
    Blue Mitchell
    $15.99
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    The Prisoner


    Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    As one of the first albums Herbie Hancock recorded after departing Miles Davis' quintet in 1968, as well as his final album for Blue Note, The Prisoner is one of Hancock's most ambitious efforts. Assembling a nonet that features Joe Henderson (tenor sax, alto flute), Johnny Coles (flugelhorn), Garnett Brown (trombone), Buster Williams (bass), and Albert Tootie Heath (drums), he has created his grandest work since My Point of View. Unlike that effort, The Prisoner has a specific concept -- it's a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, evoking his spirit and dreams through spacious, exploratory post-bop. Often, the music doesn't follow conventional patterns, but that doesn't mean that it's alienating or inaccessible. It is certainly challenging, but Hancock's compositions (and his arrangement of Charles Williams' Firewater) have enough melody and space to allow listeners into the album. Throughout the record, Hancock, Coles, and Henderson exchange provocative, unpredictable solos that build upon the stark melodies and sober mood of the music. The tone is not of sorrow or celebration, but of reflection and contemplation, and on that level, The Prisoner succeeds handsomely...

    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music)

    1. I Have a Dream
    2. The Prisoner
    3. Firewater
    4. He Who Lives in Fear
    5. Promise of the Sun
    6. The Prisoner
    7. Firewater
    Herbie Hancock
    $19.99
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