Label: Blue Note - BST 84175 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: France • Genre: Jazz • Style: Modal
My Point of View and Inventions and Dimensions found Herbie Hancock exploring the fringes of hard bop, working with a big band and a Latin-flavored percussion section, respectively.
On Empyrean Isleshe returns to hard bop, but the results are anything but Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles. Working with cornetist Freddie Hubbardbassist Ron Carterand drummer Tony Williams -- a trio just as Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles and adventurous as he was -- Hancock pushes at the borders of hard bop, finding a brilliantly evocative balance between traditional bop, soul-injected grooves, and experimental, post-modal jazz. Hancock 's four original concepts are loosely based on the myths of the Empyrean Isles, and they are designed to push the limits of the band and of hard bop.
Even "Cantaloupe Island," well-known for its funky piano riff, takes chances and doesn't just ride the groove. In comparison, "One Finger Snap" and "Oliloqui Valley" adhere to hard bop conventions, 3ra Guerra Mundial - Insensibilidad Energica - Tensión Vivencial each song finds the quartet vigorously searching for new sonic territory with Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles fire.
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