Hear, O Israel has to be one of the rarest and most extraordinary jazz recordings to come out of New York. Written by 17 year-old Jonathan Klein and played by one of the greatest jazz line-ups of all time, this really has to be heard to be believed. And this is the first ever proper release of this extraordinary album. In 1968, an extraordinary line-up was put together (we have no idea how this came about), and the recording was made. It was pressed in very, very limited numbers without a real label, with no catalog number and was only offered for sale at various prayer gatherings. Without real distribution, the LP disappeared from view very fast, and even today there is little or no reference to it anywhere except on an obscure Herbie Hancock recordings web site. Musically, the album is like no other, with its wholly unique mixture of spiritual New York jazz, Hebrew praises and modal phrases. Led by Herbie on piano, from the moment the album starts, its striking originality will hit you, and for the next 40 minutes you may find yourself lost in subtle prayer that you might not have believed possible. The jazz moves, the voices soar, hallelujah! Other musicians on this recording are Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor and alto sax), Thad Jones (trumpet and flugelhorn), Ron Carter (bass), Jonathan Klein (French horn and baritone) and Grady Tate (drums).
Available now. 180 Gram 45RPM audiophile vinyl edition. An all-time classic, originally released in 1965. Every single tune on this album from the haunting ''Maiden Voyage'' to the gentle, swinging ''Dolphin Dance'' has found its way into the standard jazz repertoire. Herbie Hancock fashioned a modern jazz milestone with extraordinary compositions, interplay and solos.
Available now. 180-gram vinyl. By 1977 Herbie Hancock was firmly established as America's leading purveyor of jazz-funk. This superb performance at the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago on February 16, 1977, finds him playing with Weather Report's legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, as well as Bennie Maupin (tenor sax, bass clarinet) and James Levi (drums). Broadcast on the local WXRT-FM, it offers a setlist anchored in Hancock's Head Hunters (1973) era, but also includes a track from Maupin's superb Slow Traffic to the Right album (1977). It's presented here in digitally remastered sound with background notes and images.
August 12 street date. For his third album, Inventions and Dimensions, Herbie Hancock changed course dramatically. Instead of recording another multifaceted album like My Point of View, he explored a Latin-inflected variation of post-bop with a small quartet. Hancock is the main harmonic focus of the music -- his three colleagues are bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Willie Bobo, and percussionist Osvaldo “Chihuahua” Martinez, who plays conga and bongo. Hancock has created an improvisational atmosphere where the rhythms are fluid and the chords, harmonies, and melodies are unexpected. On every song but one, the melodies and chords were improvised, with Hancock’s harmonic ideas arising from the rhythms during the recording. The result is risky, unpredictable music that is intensely cerebral and quite satisfying. Inventions and Dimensions displays his willingness to experiment and illustrates that his playing is reaching new, idiosyncratic heights. (allmusic). Numbered first press of 500 copies.
September 23 street date. Herbie Hancock has always been at the cutting edge of popular music; Herbie rose to fame as a member of Miles Davis’s pathfinding acoustic quintet, whose music helped define a new kind of Jazz. And “Sunlight” & “Feets Don’t Fail Me Now” were certainly a different style of Jazz. Originally released in 1978 & 1979 Herbie was experimenting with vocal sounds using the vocoder, and the results were amazing, and moved Jazz into the Disco arena. This Robinsongs package also includes the 7” single versions of ‘I Thought It Was You’, ‘You Bet Your Love’, ‘Ready Or Not’, ‘Tell Everybody’ and ‘Honey From The Jar’ as bonus tracks, along with 12” versions of ‘You Bet Your Love’ and ‘Tell Everybody’.
November 11 street date. Robinsongs is thrilled to be able to pull together on one package three of Herbie Hancock’s greatest Jazz Funk albums “Thrust”, “Manchild” and “Secrets”. Classics of funk and jazz, a great set for any seventies jazz afficionados.
June 9 street date. Non-returnable CD. 1978’s ‘Sunlight’ marks Herbie Hancocks beginning of his electro-style era, best known on his later album ‘Future Shock’. It’s a jazz-funk fusion album with Hancock using a vocoder for the first time and which later became known worldwide through his mega hit ‘Rockit’. Hancock is assisted on the keyboard by synthesizer pioneer Patrick Gleeson. On guitars there are Ray Parker Jr. and Motown session guitarist Wah Wah Watson. The album also features performances by drummer Tony Williams and bassist Jaco Pastorius.
November 24 street date. 180 gram audiophile vinyl with insert. Sunlight by Herbie Hancock is a 1978 jazz-funk, fusion album. It features Hancock’s vocals through a vocoder as well as performances by drummer Tony Williams and bassist Jaco Pastorius. This was when Hancock began heading towards a more mainstream Smooth Jazz/R&B fusion, similar to fellow Jazz-Fusion pianist Patrice Rushen. The album produced a hit-single entitled “I Thought It Was You”. As a whole the album tends to lay more toward funk than a jazz record, and is reminiscent of much of the electro-funk of the time. This release marks the beginning of the 80s electro-era style that was more refined in Herbie’s later albums such as Future Shock and Sound-System.
Dec. 15 street date. This 8CD box set brings together eight legendary performances by the visionary keyboardist/composer. From the vital point in this musical trajectory as he closed the "Mwandishi" chapter to embark on his Headhunters trip in 1973, to putting together a revised line-up of his "Very Special One-Time Performance" band in 1983. Along the way, Hancock has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Bennie Maupin, Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Wynton Marsalis, Buster Williams, Tony Williams and Carlos Santana. This superb collection of live performances broadcast on Radio and TV is presented here in superb fidelity, along with background notes and rare images.
January 19 street date. The Herbie Hancock Quartet, live on Soundstage, Chicago 1981. The early 80s found Herbie Hancock experimenting with disco and pop in the studio, but on stage he continued to turn out stunning jazz performances, often featuring his 20 year-old protégé Wynton Marsalis on trumpet. This remarkable set also includes the talents of his long-time collaborator Buster Williams on bass, and the legendary Tony Williams on drums. Originally broadcast on PBS-TV, it's presented here together with background notes and images.