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Album artwork for Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock

Less overtly adventurous than its predecessor, Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage nevertheless finds Herbie Hancock at a creative peak. In fact, it's arguably his finest record of the '60s, reaching a perfect balance between accessible, lyrical jazz and chance-taking hard bop. By this point, the pianist had been with Miles Davis for two years, and it's clear that Miles' subdued yet challenging modal experiments had been fully integrated by Hancock. Not only that, but through Davis, Hancock became part of the exceptional rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, who are both featured on Maiden Voyage, along with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor saxophonist George Coleman. The quintet plays a selection of five Hancock originals, many of which are simply superb showcases for the group's provocative, unpredictable solos, tonal textures, and harmonies. While the quintet takes risks, the music is lovely and accessible, thanks to Hancock's understated, melodic compositions and the tasteful group interplay. All of the elements blend together to make Maiden Voyage a shimmering, beautiful album that captures Hancock at his finest as a leader, soloist, and composer.

Herbie Hancock

Maiden Voyage

Blue Note
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Album artwork for Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock
LP

£22.99

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. All Analog Mastering from Original Tapes.

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Released 24/09/2021Catalogue Number

3593196

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Album artwork for Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock
CD

£6.99

Released 03/03/2017Catalogue Number

4953312

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Herbie Hancock

Maiden Voyage

Blue Note
Album artwork for Album artwork for Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock by Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock
Album artwork for Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock
LP

£22.99

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. All Analog Mastering from Original Tapes.

Black
Released 24/09/2021Catalogue Number

3593196

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Album artwork for Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock
CD

£6.99

Released 03/03/2017Catalogue Number

4953312

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Less overtly adventurous than its predecessor, Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage nevertheless finds Herbie Hancock at a creative peak. In fact, it's arguably his finest record of the '60s, reaching a perfect balance between accessible, lyrical jazz and chance-taking hard bop. By this point, the pianist had been with Miles Davis for two years, and it's clear that Miles' subdued yet challenging modal experiments had been fully integrated by Hancock. Not only that, but through Davis, Hancock became part of the exceptional rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, who are both featured on Maiden Voyage, along with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor saxophonist George Coleman. The quintet plays a selection of five Hancock originals, many of which are simply superb showcases for the group's provocative, unpredictable solos, tonal textures, and harmonies. While the quintet takes risks, the music is lovely and accessible, thanks to Hancock's understated, melodic compositions and the tasteful group interplay. All of the elements blend together to make Maiden Voyage a shimmering, beautiful album that captures Hancock at his finest as a leader, soloist, and composer.