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Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off album

Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off album Performer: Herbie Hancock
Title: Takin' Off
Style: Hard Bop
Date of release: 2016
Country: US
Size MP3: 1306 mb
Size FLAC: 1174 mb
Rating: 4.4

Takin' Off is the debut album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock that was released in 1962 by Blue Note Records. The recording session included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. The album was a hard bop LP, with its characteristic two horns and a rhythm section. The bluesy single "Watermelon Man" made it to the Top 100 of the pop charts, and went on to become a jazz standard.

So even if, in retrospect, Takin' Off is among Hancock's most conventional albums, it shows a young stylist already strikingly mature for his age, and one who can interpret established forms with spirit and imagination. Case in point: the simple, catchy "Watermelon Man," which became a Hancock signature tune and a jazz standard in the wake of a hit cover by Latin jazz star Mongo Santamaria.

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1 Watermelon Man 7:14
2 Three Bags Full 5:30
3 Empty Pockets 6:12
4 The Maze 6:49
5 Driftin' 7:01
6 Alone And I 6:31
7 Watermelon Man (Alternate Take) 6:45
8 Three Bags Full (Alternate Take) 5:39
9 Empty Pockets (Alternate Take) 6:28

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – Universal Classics & Jazz
  • Marketed By – Universal Music LLC
  • Distributed By – Universal Music LLC


  • Bass – Butch Warren
  • Design [Cover], Photography By [Cover Photo] – Reid Miles
  • Drums – Billy Higgins
  • Liner Notes – Leonard Feather
  • Piano, Composed By – Herbie Hancock
  • Producer – Alfred Lion
  • Recorded By, Remastered By – Rudy Van Gelder
  • Tenor Saxophone – Dexter Gordon
  • Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard


Recorded on May 28, 1962.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 988031 172322
  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BLP 4109 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Note BLP 4109 US 1962
TOCJ-6436 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(CD, Album) Blue Note TOCJ-6436 Japan 2004
BST 84109 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album, RE) Blue Note BST 84109 US 1975
37053 Herbie Hancock Takin'Off ‎(LP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RE, 180) Jazz Images 37053 Europe 2017
DOL882H Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album, RE, 180) DOL DOL882H Europe 2015