martes, 9 de febrero de 2010

Herbie HANCOCK - Prisoner 1969

Herbie HANCOCK - Prisoner 1969
1987 Issue.BST-84321


There is no mistaking the influence of the great Gil Evans on Herbie Hancock's THE PRISONER. The dark textures, the creative voicings, and the way in which Hancock assembles his arrangements are evocative of Evans' work with the pianist's former boss, Miles Davis. However, Hancock does more than pay homage here, as he exercises yet another aspect of his exceptional musicianship and applies it to the large ensemble format he had begun to approach on his previous date, SPEAK LIKE A CHILD.

THE PRISONER is significant for other reasons; for one, it was recorded at the beginning of a great upheaval in jazz, when the form incorporated the adoption of electric instruments and rock-influenced rhythms in a move towards the fusion of the '70s. Yet, although Hancock uses an electric piano on some pieces, the session is mostly a performance of beautifully crafted acoustic chamber music with a significant undercurrent of swing. The date also marked the end of Hancock's association with Blue Note, the label that had launched his solo career. Subsequently the pianist would move into the full flow of '70s fusion.
Buster Williams- Bass
Jerome Richardson- Clarinet [Bass], Flute ,
Romeo Penque- Clarinet [Bass] (tracks: B1, B3)
Albert "Tootie" Heath- Drums
Johnny Coles- Flugelhorn 
Hubert Laws- Flute
Herbie Hancock- Piano, Electric Piano
Joe Henderson- Saxophone [Tenor], Flute [Alto] 
Garnett Brown- Trombone
Jack Jeffers- Trombone [Bass] (tracks: B1, B3),
Tony Studd- Trombone [Bass] 
A1. I Have A Dream 10:55
       Written-By - H. Hancock
A2. The Prisoner 7:55
       Written-By - H. Hancock
B1. Firewater 7:30
       Written-By - C. B. Williams
B2. He Who Lives In Fear 6:50
       Written-By - H. Hancock
B3. Promise Of The Sun 7:50
       Written-By - H. Hancock

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