Herbie Hancock – Thrust (1974) [Audio Fidelity 2016] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Herbie Hancock – Thrust (1974) [Audio Fidelity 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:49 minutes | Scans included | 2,91 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 758 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic surround sound | SACD Mastering by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 223 | Genre: Jazz

The follow-up to the breakthrough Headhunters album was virtually as good as its wildly successful predecessor: an earthy, funky, yet often harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated tour de force. There is only one change in the Headhunters lineup – swapping drummer Harvey Mason for Mike Clark – and the switch results in grooves that are even more complex. Hancock continues to reach into the rapidly changing high-tech world for new sounds, most notably the metallic sheen of the then-new ARP string synthesizer which was already becoming a staple item on pop and jazz-rock records. Again, there are only four long tracks, three of which (“Palm Grease,” “Actual Proof,” “Spank-A-Lee”) concentrate on the funk, with plenty of Hancock’s wah-wah clavinet, synthesizer textures and effects, and electric piano ruminations that still venture beyond the outer limits of post-bop. The change-of-pace is one of Hancock’s loveliest electric pieces, “Butterfly,” a match for any tune he’s written before or since, with shimmering synth textures and Bennie Maupin soaring on soprano (Hancock would re-record it 20 years later on Dis Is Da Drum, but this is the one to hear). This supertight jazz-funk quintet album still sounds invigorating a quarter of a century later.


Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973) [APO Remaster 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24-88.2}

Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973) [Analogue Productions’ Remaster 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:33 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,93 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 41:53 mins | Scans included | 815 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic surround sound | Genre: Electronic, Jazz

Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Herbie 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 decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop.


Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams – Third Plane (1977/2015) [Qobuz 24-192]

Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams – Third Plane (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:39:37 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz |  © Milestone/Fantasy/Concord Music Group
Recorded: July 13, 1977 at the Automatt, San Francisco

Ron Carter served as sideman on so many Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams sessions, and now he brings his stalwart colleagues out on his own date. The results are everything you would expect from this stellar trio. Hancock and Williams were coming off a period in their careers during which they had focused on building a crossover audience with fusion music. But here they are back in a mainstream attitude, and you can sense the sheer fun of their music-making. A great track, and the whole Third Plane album stands out as one of the best trio recordings from a decade marked by outstanding threesomes.

„This reunion of Miles Davis’ mid-’60s rhythm section (bassist Ron Carter, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Tony Williams) has its moments but is not particularly memorable. Performing three of Carter’s songs, one apiece from Hancock and Williams, and the standard “Stella by Starlight,” the solos are fine, but on the whole, little special occurs; the magic is missing.“ –Scott Yanow


Herbie Hancock – Mwandishi (1971/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

Herbie Hancock – Mwandishi (1971/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 45:05 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: December 1970, Wally Heider Recording Studio C, San Francisco

Mwandishi is one of the first albums on which Herbie Hancock departs from the traditional jazz idioms and pursues a new original style that would generate a wider audience appeal, most notably manifested in his 1973 album Head Hunters. Mwandishi was produced by David Rubinson.


“With the formation of his great electric sextet, Herbie Hancock’s music took off into outer and inner space, starting with the landmark Mwandishi album recorded in a single session on New Year’s Eve. Ever the gadgeteer, Herbie plays with electronic effects devices — reverb units, stereo tremelo, and Echoplex — which all lead his music into spacier, open-ended directions very much influenced by Miles Davis’ electric experiments, rendering it from post-bop conventions. There are just three tracks: the insistent 15/4-meter Afro-electric-funk workout ‘Ostinato (Suite for Angela),’ the inquisitive ‘You’ll Know When You Get There’ with its ethereal Hancock voicings, and trombonist Julian Priester’s ‘Silent Way’-influenced ‘Wandering Spirit Song,’ which eventually dips into tumultuous free form. Eddie Henderson emerges as a major trumpet soloist here, probing, jabbing, soliloquizing; Bennie Maupin comes over from Lee Morgan’s group to add his ominous bass clarinet and thoughtful alto flute; and Buster Williams’ bass and Billy Hart’s flexible drums propel the rhythm section. Santana’s José Chepitó Areas and Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler also add funky percussive reinforcement to ‘Ostinato,’ along with guitarist Ron Montrose. The group’s collective empathy is remarkable, and Hancock had only begun to probe the outer limits with this extraordinary music.” —Richard S. Ginell, AllMusic


Herbie Hancock – Gershwin’s World (1998/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

Herbie Hancock – Gershwin’s World (1998/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 01:07:22  minutes | 2,96 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © The Verve Music Group
Recorded: Right Track Recording, Sony Music Studios, The Hit Factory, Masters at Work Studios, RPM Sound Studios in New York, March – April 1998; Ocean Way Recording and O’Henry Sound Studios in Los Angeles, June 1998

(1998) Herbie Hancock’s 40-year career as a recording artist is graced by a series of astonishing musical landmarks.  Few other musicians of the 20th century have exhibited the wide range of interests and mastery of various genres that this jazz legend has brought to his remarkable body of work.  Nonetheless, at the age of 58, Hancock still expresses the kinds of irrepressible curiosity and restless creativity that keep him pushing at the boundaries of modern music.

“At this point in my career,” Hancock says, “I’m much more interested in projects that have the potential to be events, not just records.  I want to do something broad-based that has the potential to reach into the life of people in more ways than just their ears.”  The wedding of that ambitious artistic vision to his extraordinary musical versatility put Hancock in the perfect position to approach his new Verve recording, Gershwin’s World, a far-reaching tribute to the life and times of the great composer who did so much to popularize the jazz and blues idioms.

“I have always loved Gershwin’s music,” Hancock says.  “I want to give respect and tribute to all of George Gershwin’s musical origins.  The particular genres that Gershwin chose – classical music, jazz, and pop – are ones that I’ve explored, too” Featuring performances by vocal superstars Steve Wonder, Joni Mitchell, and Kathleen Battle, and the instrumental contributions of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, pianist Chick Corea, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, James Carter, and Kenny Garrett, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and bassist Ira Coleman, Gershwin’s WorldfindsHancock applying his unique piano genius not only to classic songs by Gershwin, but to pieces by contemporaries closely associated with Gershwin – stride piano master James P. Johnson,  blues popularizer W.C. Handy, classical composer Maurice Ravel,  and jazz giant Duke Ellington.


CoreaHancock – An Evening With Chick Corea And Herbie Hancock (1979/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

CoreaHancock – An Evening With Chick Corea And Herbie Hancock (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 01:23:09 minutes | 2,91 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Polydor Records | The Verve Music Group
Recorded live at Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, Dorothy Chandler Pavillon, Los Angeles & Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, February, 1978.

An Evening With Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock was the first of two popular live albums recorded by Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, the second CoreaHancock released a year after the first in 1979. The record features the two performing on acoustic pianos at three different venues across California and one in Michigan.An Evening With Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock features cover works as well as pieces written by the duo and individual works by each artist.


This live album, a summit meeting of two keyboard geniuses, was recorded in 1978 at shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, known at the time for their fusion work on electric piano, stick to acoustic pianos on these extended live tracks taken from both musicians’ catalogues. The album marks the last time the two pianists recorded together.


Herbie Hancock-Future Shock-(MOCCD 13171)-Remastered-CD-FLAC-2014-WRE

Herbie Hancock-Future Shock-(MOCCD 13171)-Remastered-CD-FLAC-2014-WRE Download

Herbie Hancock-Future Shock-(MOCCD 13171)-Remastered-CD-FLAC-2014-WRE

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Artist : Herbie Hancock
Album : Future Shock
Source : CD
Label : Sony Music
Cat.No : MOCCD 13171
Genre : Electronic
Bitrate : 987 kbps avg
Playtime : 00:44:16 (328.MB)
Rls date : 2014-11-10
Store date : 2014-00-00
Encoder : FLAC1.2.1

01 Rockit 5:28
02 Future Shock 8:05
03 TFS 5:47
04 Earth Beat 5:13
05 Autodrive 6:27
06 Rough 6:58
07 Rockit (Mega Mix) 6:18

Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove – Directions in Music: Celebrating Miles Davis and John Coltrane ‘ Live at Massey Hall (2002/2015) [Qobuz 24-192]

Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove – Directions in Music: Celebrating Miles Davis and John Coltrane ‘ Live at Massey Hall (2002/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 01:18:23 minutes | 2,1 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © The Verve Music Group
Recorded live at Massey Hall, Toronto, October 25, 2001. Digitally editited at Wonderland, Nyack, NY, Jan. 27, 28 and Feb. 1, 3, 4, 2002. Mixed at Avatar Studios, New York, Feb. 6, 7, 2002. Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, Feb. 15, 2002.

A double-milestone year for jazz, 2001 marked the 75th anniversary of the births of both Miles Davis and John Coltrane. With that in mind, Herbie Hancock went on tour with a quintet modeled after his V.S.O.P. bands of the ’70s and ’80s and the Tribute to Miles band of the ’90s, which in turn were modeled after the 1965-1968 Miles Davis Quintet. The question this disc proposes: Can you go home yet again? Hancock preferred to dodge that one, saying that he was attempting to push the music onward in the Davis/Coltrane spirit of adventure rather than play for nostalgia. But essentially, despite the often unblinkingly hard-nosed soloing and the sometimes radical reworking of the old tunes, the conception of this idiom is that of Miles, and Michael Brecker’s often brilliant, searching tenor sax work owes its soul to the example of Trane. Although the quintet’s Los Angeles gig on October 11, 2001, was rather disappointing, the Toronto concert recorded here was a big improvement, with two weeks of roadwork evidently having the desired tightening effect. Though Hancock’s piano gradually became more abstract and disconnected with its surroundings over the years, here he is in touch with his colleagues. Brecker provides the most fervent individual statement with an unaccompanied rendition of “Naima” that amounts to a virtual encyclopedia of tenor saxophone technique. Roy Hargrove does a serviceable job on trumpet and flügelhorn, trying to fill some heavy shoes, and as accomplished as the rhythm team of John Patitucci (bass) and Brian Blade (drums) is, you miss the irreplaceable combustion of Ron Carter and especially the late Tony Williams (compare the original Davis recording of “The Sorcerer” with this inward, less dynamic, less driving version). The most strikingly reworked cover tune is a slow, drawn-out, mournful take on “Impressions,” almost an elegy for Coltrane, and Brecker delivers the eulogy with fire in the belly. There is new material from Hargrove (“The Poet”), Brecker (“D Trane”), and the three headliners (“Misstery”), none of which expands much beyond the parameters of the Davis and Coltrane models. While this quintet does not kick over old boundaries, it does make good, uncompromisingly intelligent music. –Richard S. Ginell, AllMusic


Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (1965/2012) [HDTracks 24-192]

Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (1965/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:42:03 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: March 17, 1965 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Mastered: Alan Yoshida and Robin Lynn at Blanche DuBois, April 2012

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4195 (mono) and BST 84195 (stereo)

High Resolution Mastering by Alan Yoshida and Robin Lynn at Blanche DuBois, April 2012

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

GRAMMY Award-winning artist and music icon Herbie Hancock unleashed a monumental work in 1965 withMaiden Voyage. The captivating concept album displayed his intuitive talents as a pianist, composer and innovator. The release was a ground-breaking demonstration of lyrical jazz blended with riveting hard bop. This star-studded affair includes music legends Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Influenced by his experience with the Miles Davis Quintet, the album featured provocative solos, tonal textures and rich harmonies. Included on the album are the now standards, “Maiden Voyage,” “The Eye of the Hurricane,” and “Dolphin Dance.” In 1999, the album was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.