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      • 1. Watermelon Man
      • 2. Three Bags Full
      • 3. Empty Pockets
      • 4. The Maze
      • 5. Driftin'
      • 6. Alone And I

      Takin' Off is the debut album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock that was released in 1962 by Blue Note Records. The recording session includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. Classic hard bop business!

      Other Releases by Herbie Hancock

      Herbie HancockThe Herbie Hancock TrioGet On Down

      This 1977 studio recording finds Herbie Hancock embracing his jazz roots. The straightforward trio setting puts Hancock’s piano front and center. Backed by Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams behind the drums, the recording features Hancock originals as well as the Trio’s take on Miles Davis’ 'Milestones'.

      Though recorded at fabled San Francisco studio The Automatt, the recording was only immediately issued in Japan. To this day Japan is the only country to see a vinyl release of this session - until now!

      • – Watch It
      • – Speak Like A Child
      • – Watcha Watin For
      • – Look
      • – Milestones
      Herbie HancockThrust (1974)Columbia

      An essential classic! The heaviest funky jazz ever recorded. Deep, deep, deep. As good as it gets!

      180 gram audiophile issue vinyl.

      • – Spank-A-Lee
      • – Palm Grease
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      Herbie HancockDeath Wish (Original Soundtrack Recording)Music On Vinyl

      Tough tough Headhunters-stylee fusion. Moody! Original sound track from the 1974 film 'Death Wish', written by Herbie Hancock.

      • – Death Wish (Main Title)
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      Herbie HancockQuartet (1982)CBS

      w/ Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis and Tony Williams

        • Original 2×LP£15.00
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        Herbie HancockSextant (1972)Columbia

        'Sextant' from 1972 was recorded just before 'Headhunters', 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. 

        • – Rain Dance
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        Herbie HancockSecrets (1976)Columbia

        Seminal jazz funk fusion album including top funky re-version of Hancock's own "Cantelope Island". Also "Doin It" and "Gentle Thoughts" all with the great Headhunters in full effect.

        • – Doin' It
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        Herbie HancockTakin' Off (1962)Blue Note

        Herbie Hancock's debut album in 1962 launched a phenomenal career. Features Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon and includes the seminal 'Watermelon Man".

        • – watermelon man
        Herbie HancockCantaloupe Island Blue Note

        This formidable recording neatly summarises Herbie Hancock's work in the 60s. The title track, Cantaloupe Island, provided inspiration for US3, who sampled it heavily. Herbie's piano skills are matched by some exemplary trumpet work on Cantaloupe and Watermelon Man.


          Herbie HancockMy Point Of ViewBlue Note

          Brilliant, less-well-known Herbie Hancock album featuring a larger group than usual with guitar and trombone! Check the superb "King Cobra"! Recommended!

          • – Blind Man, Blind Man
          • – King Cobra
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          Herbie HancockEmpyrean IslesBlue Note

          Stone cold classic Herbie Hancock featuring Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams! Includes the timeless 'Cantaloupe Island'

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            Herbie HancockInventions And DimensionsBlue Note

            Great album fusing modal jazz piano with latin percussion  - a classic!

            A really super record from Herbie Hancock - one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion.

            • – Succotash
            • – Triangle

            Other Releases on Blue Note

            Tony AllenThere Is No EndBlue Note

            Posthumous release of 'There Is No End' by legendary Afrobeat drummer, Tony Allen! The album features guest vocal appearances from the likes of Danny Brown, Sampa the Great, Lava La Rue, and more.

            • – Tony’s Praeludium
            • – Stumbling Down (feat. Sampa The Great)
            • – Crushed Grapes (feat. Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon)
            • – Très Magnifique (feat. Tsunami)
            • – Mau Mau (feat. Nah Eeto)
            • – Coonta Kinte (feat. Zelooperz)
            • – Rich Black (feat. Koreatown Oddity)
            • – Cosmosis (feat. Ben Okri + Skepta)
            GoGo PenguinRMXBlue Note

            Remixes of the electronic jazz/fusionists from the likes of James Holden, Nathan Fake, Squarepusher, Clark, Portico Quartet, Machinedrum and more!

            • – Kora (Cornelius remix)
            • – Atomised (Machinedrum remix)
            • – Embers (Yosi Horikawa remix)
            • – F Maj Pixie (Rone remix)
            • – F Maj Pixie (Squarepusher remix)
            • – Open (Nathan Fake remix)
            • – Signal In The Noise (808 State remix)
            • – Totem (James Holden remix)
            • – To The Nth (Shunya remix)
            • – Petit_A (Clark remix)
            • – Don't Go (Portico Quartet remix)
            • New 2×LP (Coloured Vinyl)£28.00
              Limited coloured vinyl edition
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            McCoy TynerTender Moments (Tone Poet Edition)Blue Note

            On his second Blue Note album Tender Moments, pianist and composer McCoy Tyner explored the colors and textures available in a nonet setting with some of the finest musicians of the time: Lee Morgan on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Bennie Maupin on tenor saxophone, James Spaulding on alto saxophone and flute, Bob Northern on French horn, Howard Johnson on tuba, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums. Highlights of the session include dedications to John Coltrane (“Mode to John”) and Thelonious Monk (“The High Priest”) as well as the stunning ballad “All My Yesterdays.”

              • LP (180 gram)£35.00
                Deluxe, 180g 'Tone Poet' edition in a gatefold sleeve.
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              Stanley TurrentineThat's Where It's At (Tone Poet Edition)Blue Note

              What happens when you combine Stanley Turrentine’s blues-drenched tenor saxophone with Les McCann’s soulful and funky piano? You end up with one of both men's best albums, an album considered to be one of the foundational sessions of soul jazz.

              Turrentine and McCann are joined by bassist Herbie Lewis (a member of McCann’s group at the time) and drummer Otis Candy Finch. Stand out tracks include 'Smile, Stacey', the deep blue groove of 'Soft Pedal Blues' and the in-the-pocket soul of 'Light Blue'.

              That’s where it’s at!

              • – Smile, Stacey
              • – Soft Pedal Blues
              • – Pia
              • – We'll See Yaw'll After While, Ya Heah
              • – Dorene Don't Cry, I
              • – Light Blue
              Anthony WilliamsCivilization (1987)Blue Note

              Blue Note 87

                • Original LP£15.00
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                Horace Silver QuintetSong For My Father (1963)Blue Note

                Mind-numbingly CLASSIC 

                  • Original LP£40.00
                    Vinyl condition: VG+Sleeve condition: VG+DMM 1984 pressing in shrink in great condition
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                  John ColtraneBlue Train (1957)Blue Note
                  Late 50s hard bop, Coltrane's second on Blue Note. Killer line-up: John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, bandleader Paul Chambers – double bass Kenny Drew – piano Curtis Fuller – trombone Philly Joe Jones – drums Lee Morgan – trumpet
                  • – moment's notice
                  • Reissue LP£16.00
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                  MadlibShades Of BlueBlue Note

                  Madlib invades Blue Note! Hip hop producer extroardinaire and world class jazz fiend Madlib gets let loose in the Blue Note vaults with his sampler!

                    • New 2×LP £27.99
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                    Donald Byrd Chant Blue Note

                    High quality 180 gram reissue on the Blue Note Tone Poet series of Donald Byrd’s 1961 recording, not released until 1979, and featuring Herbie Hancock and Pepper Adams. Includes an early version of Duke Pearson's haunting "Chant" which Donald Byrd re-recorded with voices two years later on his "New Perspective" album.

                    • – I'm An Old Cowhand From The Rio Grande
                    • – Chant
                    Freddie HubbardHub-TonesBlue Note

                    **Classic album/classic Blue Note sleeve!**

                    The trumpeter/flugelhornist’s classic 1963 album. His fourth Blue Note LP. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio on 10th October 1962 . Featuring an all-star band of James Spaulding (alto sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Reggie Workman (bass) and Clifford Jarvis (drums). The album showcases four superb Hubbard originals (the title track, ‘Prophet Jennings’, ‘Lament For Booker’, ‘For Spee’s Sake’) plus a memorable take on the standard ‘You’re My Everything’, featuring some stunning Hubbard/Hancock interplay. Produced by Alfred Lion.

                      Lou DonaldsonSay it LoudBlue Note

                      One of the great Blue Note funk albums from 1969! Features Idris Muhammad on drums and Charles Earland on B3!

                      • – Say it loud I'm black and I'm proud
                      • – Snake Bone
                      • CD£12.99
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                      McCoy TynerExpansions (1969)Blue Note

                      Seminal deep modal jazz on Blue Note w/ Woody Shaw, Gary Bartz, Ron Carter, Herbie Lewis and Freddie Watts. Produced by Duke Pearson. HEAVY!

                      Orig= Blue label liberty pressing Rare Original = USA Vinyl VG+ /Sleeve VG (spine wear,ageing)

                      High-end Audio Desk Systeme Pro Machine Utrasonic cleaned+

                      100% Guarantee on this and all Original Vinyl at Sounds Of The Universe - 'if you're not happy we're not happy' money-back guarantee!

                      • – Vision
                      • – Smitty's Place
                      • – Peresina
                      • LP£25.00
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                      Grant GreenTalkin' AboutBlue Note

                      1964. With Elvin Jones and Larry Young.

                        Donald ByrdAt The Half Note Cafe Volume 1Blue Note

                        D. Byrd + Pepper Adams, Duke PEarson, Laymon Jackson, Lex Humphries.  New USA vinyl

                          Freddie HubbardBreaking PointBlue Note

                          Freddie Hubbard + James Spaulding, Ronnie Mathews, Eddie Khan, Joe Chambers. Deep and essential Blue Note. New USA vinyl issue

                            VariousBlue Break Beats (Volumes 1-3)Blue Note

                            Absolutely killer compilation of some of Blue Note's finest releases - The jazz break beats that inspired hip-hop artists. Includes Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, Grant Green, Ronnie Foster, Herbie Hancock and many more!   

                              Gregory PorterTake Me To The AlleyBlue Note

                              Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with his new album 'Take Me To The Alley' the much-anticipated follow-up to his million-selling Grammy-winning 2013 Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit. Includes Porter's version of 'Holding On' the hit single that he wrote with Disclosure.

                                • 2×LP£21.99
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                                Andrew HillGrass Roots (1968)Blue Note

                                Andrew Hill's best album, very highy recommended!

                                • – Mira
                                Stanley TurrentineA Chip Off The Old Block (1975)Blue Note

                                 One of the few albums Stanley Turrentine recorded with his wife, Shirley Scott. features Blue Mitchell, trumpet; Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax; Shirley Scott, organ; Earl May, bass & Al Harewood drums.

                                Original= Blue Note / United Artists pressing

                                • – One O'Clock Jump
                                • – Midnight Blue
                                • – Blues In Hoss' Flat
                                • – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
                                • – Cherry Point
                                • Original LP£30.00
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                                The 3 Sounds"Hey There" (1961)Blue Note

                                New York pressing original Blue Note Stereo orig. WITH "P" (ear) and VAN GELDER Stamp w/original Blue Note inner sleeve. V. RARE!

                                  • Original LP£60.00
                                    Vinyl condition: VGSleeve condition: VG+Original USA Vinyl, has some surface marks plays solid!

                                    100% Guarantee on this and all Original Vinyl at Sounds Of The Universe - 'if you're not happy we're not happy' or your money back!
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                                  Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit Blue Note
                                  Grammy-nominated jazz singer Gregory Porter's debut album for legendary jazz institution, Blue Note. "Liquid Spirit" follows up two albums for indie label Motema, and of course his smash hit and Gilles Peterson favourite "1960 What?". Fourteen tracks consistng of Porter's personal song-writing delivered in soulful unmistakable voice. Includes his striring rendition of jazz standard "I Fall In Love Too Easily," as well as covers of Abbey Lincoln's "Lonesome Lover" and Ramsey Lewis' hit "The ‘In' Crowd."
                                  • – No Love Dying
                                  • – Lonesome Lover
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                                  Grant Green Grant's First Stand (1961)Blue Note

                                  Guitarist Grant Green's debut on Blue Note as he's joined by Baby Face Willette on organ and Ben Dixon on drums. Smokin!

                                  • – Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
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