Review of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage”

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Review of Herbie Hancock’s "Maiden Voyage"
Pianist/composer Herbie Hancock was born in 1940. He had classical training, but no formal jazz training. Nevertheless, he received a huge career boost when he joined Miles Davis’ group in 1963. Just two years later, with the Davis rhythm section of Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums, he released the album Maiden Voyage. The other group members are Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and George Coleman on tenor sax. It was engineered by the famous and controversial Rudy Van Gelder. Considered one of the originators of hard bop, Hancock’s chromatic use of chords employing a large number of fourths creates a rich, textured sonic environment. Maiden Voyage is still considered one of Hancock’s best...
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..... moment: the end of the album. The tempo slows down and tremolos in the rhythm section end it.
Maiden Voyage is a harmonically rich and lyrical album. In spite of the intense use of chromaticism and the general absence of “hummable” tunes, it’s still a highly enjoyable and accessible listening experience. The playing, particularly by Hubbard, Hancock and Williams is first rate.
Works Cited
Ginell, Richard S. “Herbie Hancock.” Allmusic.com. Web. 1 Dec. 2011. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/herbie-hancock-p6656/biography.
Hancock, Herbie. Maiden Voyage. Blue Note Records, 1965. Audio CD.
Simmons, Greg. “Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (2010).” Allaboutjazz.com. 15 Feb. 2011. Web. 1 Dec. 2011. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=38746.