• 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!

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      Herbie HancockMwandishiWarner Bros
      Long out of print heavyweight Headhunters progressive, fusion hardcore! Album originally released in 1971 - first time on vinyl in long time. Essential...
      • Herbie Hancock – Ostinato (Suite For Angela)
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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.
      • Herbie Hancock – Death Wish (Main Title)
      • LP (180 gram)£21.99
        180gm heavyweight vinyl
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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....
        • Herbie Hancock – Rain Dance
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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".
        • Herbie Hancock – watermelon man
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        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...

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              Expected 08 JanPreorder
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                                  • Original 2×LP£50.00
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                                        • Grant Green – Sookie, Sookie
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                                              • Original LP£60.00
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                                              Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit Blue Note
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                                              • Gregory Porter – No Love Dying
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                                              • 2×LP£21.99
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                                              Grant Green Grant's First Stand (1961)Blue Note
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                                              • Grant Green – Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
                                              • Reissue LP£20.99
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                                              • CD£10.99
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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".
                                              • Herbie Hancock – watermelon man
                                              • New LP (180g)£21.99
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                                              Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersA Night In Tunisia (1960)Blue Note
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                                                    • LP£22.00
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                                                    Wayne ShorterThe All Seeing Eye (1965)Blue Note
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                                                    • Wayne Shorter – The All Seeing Eye
                                                    • Reissue LP£16.00
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                                                    Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersMoanin' (1958)Blue Note
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                                                    • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – moanin
                                                    • Reissue LP£23.00
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                                                    Lonnie SmithMove Your Hand (1969)Blue Note
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                                                    • Lonnie Smith – Move Your Hand
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                                                    • Grant Green – nomad
                                                    • New LP £19.99
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                                                    Bobbi HumphreyBlacks And Blues (1974)Blue Note
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                                                    • Bobbi Humphrey – Harlem River Drive
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                                                    • Wayne Shorter – Witch Hunt
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                                                    • Wayne Shorter – Infant Eyes
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                                                    McCoy TynerThe Real McCoyBlue Note
                                                    McCoy Tyner's debut album for Blue Note in 1967 sets five of his own beautiful compositions in a quartet setting of Joe Henderson, Ron Carter and Elvin...
                                                      • Reissue LP (180 GRAM)£22.00
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                                                      Horace SilverTotal Response (1972)Blue Note
                                                      Essential Horace Silver 1972 on Blue Note. Very, very deep but still with Silver's characteristic soul jazz style. All Silvers late 60s/early 70s blue...
                                                        • CD£10.99
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                                                        • Reissue LP£16.00
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                                                        Lonnie SmithThink!Blue Note
                                                        Classic funky organ jazz on Blue Note. Similar to Jimmy Smith's "Rootdown"!
                                                        • Lonnie Smith – Think
                                                        • Lonnie Smith – Son Of Ice Bag
                                                        • LP (180 gram)£21.99
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                                                        Ike QuebecHeavy SoulBlue Note
                                                        This album has Ike Quebec on tenor sax, Freddie Roach on organ. Milt Hinton on bass and Al Harewood on drums...
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                                                          Wicked 1967 album. Recommended.
                                                            • Reissue LP£12.99
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                                                            McCoy TynerTime For TynerBlue Note
                                                            Great late 60s album from John Coltrane's pianist featuring Bobby Hutcherson!
                                                            • McCoy Tyner – African Village

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